Off the Editor’s Desk – 12-11-2013

COMMON CORE

Do you know what Common Core is and how it will affect our local educational efforts? Wisconsin has academic standards for 21 separate content areas, and adopted Common Core State Standards for English and Mathematics in 2010.

 I would recommend that you find out all you can about Common Core. The Glenwood City School district’s recent newsletter contained two pages about Common Core. One page listed five reasons to support the Common Core State Standards and the other page listed five things parents need to know about it.

According to the newsletter, “Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are rigorous, clear, and specific standards at each grade level, building the skills and knowledge students need to be prepared for college level coursework and the demands of the 21st century workplace.”

I watched the Mike Huckabee Show Sunday evening on the Fox News Channel and he had three people on the show that are critical of it and Mike, who had supported the idea of Common Core, is now backpeddling. He commented that he is now against the Common Core Standards.

Stanley Kurtz, who is an American Conservative Commentator, questioned, “Should the White House control what your kids learn?”

I am of the opinion that almost everything can be done locally and at less cost by keeping it out of the hands of the federal government.

I was happy to read in the Glenwood School Newsletter “curriculum decisions, like which textbooks to purchase and which books students should read, are made locally.”

Over the last year or so, we have printed at least eight articles about Common Core, most of them penned by Karen Schroeder of Rice Lake. She is an education expert and president of Advocates for Academic Freedom.

Schroeder testified back in May before the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education. Her testimony included proof that the Common Core standards are not ‘rigorous’ as advertised. She explained how our educational system is being federalized through the use of federal tax dollars to influence curriculum, text books, and testing material. She explained that nationalized standards are not new and have failed the countries that have implemented them.

I strongly urge you to learn all you can about this issue.

Thanks for reading.

— Carlton