I posted the following comments and links on the April 1st NewsOK.com article, “Conspiracy theories about Common Core should be ignored.”
I agree the idea that the Common Core movement is a “UN black helicopter / world government agenda” is silly. That argument is unfortunately a “straw man” for issues and problems with Common Core and much of what passes for “Education Reform” proposals in our state and others, however.
There are many outstanding ideas in the Common Core State Standards which can certainly help us improve the quality of both learning opportunities as well as educational outcomes in Oklahoma. The issue which is NOT being talked about enough and many people are blind to, however, is the role corporate testing companies have played and continue to play in the CCSS and in “education reform” proposals generally.
Common Core in its current form now is a push to redirect millions of taxpayer education dollars into the coffers of educational testing companies. This testing effort isn’t about “research based methods” to improve student learning, it’s about a race to help corporations take our money instead of truly working to help improve learning and schools for Oklahoma students and teachers. Much of “School reform” today is being “driven” by a group who mistakenly believe the only way to effectively improve public education is through more high stakes testing, through fear, and with punitive “sticks” for both students and teachers. This is the wrong road and we have been on it too long in Oklahoma and the US generally.
Here are few articles I’d recommend, along with authors who are uncovering important issues related to “education reform” as it is manifested through Common Core, the Charter School Movement, A-F report cards, etc. As Oklahomans we need to be aware and savvy to these issues so we can help influence our state leaders to play constructive, rather than destructive roles, in improving public education. I’m prefacing these links with the “big ideas” we SHOULD be discussing and debating with regard to Oklahoma public education, instead of talking about “the UN and black helicopters” and Common Core.
1- Common Core Testing is Setup to Continue Educational Policies Designed to Brand All Public Schools and Public Educators as FAILURES
2- Corporate Reformers (and many on their ‘bandwagon’) are primarily seeking profits, not ways to sincerely help schools, students and teachers
3- The “Jeb Bush model” of educational reform championed by many current Oklahoma political and education leaders (“the Florida model”) is the WRONG blueprint for improving public education in our state:
I will be writing more on these issues in the weeks and months to come. We need to develop a non-partisan constituency in Oklahoma which will change our educational policy trajectory for the long term. We cannot allow our state educational policy and state education dollars to primarily serve the profit interests of testing corporations and other interest groups who are trying to destroy public education rather than improve it in our state.
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