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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The educational arm twisting continues...

It's too bad our State Board of Education and Commissioner are not as clear thinking as the author of this article on why national standards (aka "common core standards") will not benefit children:


Pay special attention to Misconception #3 listed in the article. Massachusetts is named as one state with particularly high standards. Missouri is also a state with one of the highest standards in the nation. With the dreadful decision to relinquish our state sovereignty by the State Board last week, Missouri children will suffer the same fate of Massachusetts students...the "dumbing down" effect.

We can only hope when this administration is over, both on the state and national level, we can overturn some of these policies and return the power to the state for the education of its children. As educational watchdogs for our children, we need to campaign for a governor who will uphold the state sovereignty he/she PROMISED to defend. Our current governor has sold out for unknown standards with known consequences. We will now experience more centralized power and loss of state control. Do you have an issue with your child's curriculum? Good luck. Take a number and drop a line to the appropriate bureaucrat.

In the meantime, have pity on the teachers, children and taxpayers who will suffer the unintended consequences of this decision. The massive amount of money spent in the last 30 years by the Federal Government to increase test scores has not worked. Why should it be any different now?

(ht: a Missouri watchdog)

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