Why Indiana should delay the Common Core

Mar 2, 2013 by

apple-150x150Joy Pullmann – The Common Core, a list of what K-12 kids must know in math and English, is a decades-long project of big business and educrats that essentially nationalizes education. It is now reshaping nearly every textbook, replacing nearly all state tests, overhauling U.S. teacher training, providing the basis to measure teachers, and creating nationwide databases for student grades, behavior, and more. It bewitches basically everything but lunch.

Haven’t heard of this? That’s because, unlike when states wrote standards themselves, it was spawned by nonprofits whose meetings and documents are closed to the public, despite substantial state and federal funding. Members of Indiana’s Senate Education Committee said they did not hear about the Core until well after the state Board of Education passed it.

People who support Common Core chant the same empty phrases to generate support: “Rigorous.” “Internationally benchmarked.” “State-led.” “Deep learning.” “Fewer, clearer, higher.” Ask what these mean, and watch them talk in circles. That’s because these descriptions are false. Core supporters wish to dismiss parent and voter questions, which is why they refuse to be publicly accountable and argue the legislature should not pass Senate Bill 193. The bill would pause the Core while the Board of Education conducts public hearings in each congressional district and then votes on it again.

Core proponents label it “state-led,” while President Obama, in his state of the union last month, took credit for getting states to sign it. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which paid for the Core, also spent $125 million to persuade policymakers and groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to support it. Not one person who wrote the standards or evaluated them came from Indiana. Only one was a teacher, who thinks Common Core micromanages teachers and will do nothing for students. Did public officials commission the standards? No one will release any vote tally or names. So what does it mean to be “state-led”? No one knows. The same black box encompasses Common Core tests that will soon steer all education, including private and home schools, under state and federal accountability laws.

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