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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

More From DESE on 10X20

In case you didn't catch it at the end of Monday's post, there was a link to DESE's page announcing the Top 10x20 plan. I draw your attention to Douglas Reeve's presentation made to DESE about the state of MO education and where he sees it going. There is also a link to a video of that presentation, in case you have 2 hours to spare and find yourself wanting more information than what is on his slides. Details are always good to know.


  1. There is a shorter video on the site (6:05)which I viewed tonight.
    The educational professionals have really drunk the kool-aid. The speaker indicates even in a difficult financial time Missourians want to support this initiative. WRONG.
    Federal funding has increased 180% over four decades. What have test scores done? FLATLINED. And they want taxpayers to pay more for unproven standards? They are delusional.
    I would like to know: how much Doug Reeves cost to bring in and how much these common core standards will cost the state. Maybe I'll call the number listed at the end of the video for DESE and ask for that information.
    These pie in the sky plans haven't worked in 40 years. Anytime the Federal Government becomes involved, it's a travesty.

  2. Critical Common Core Concerns (C^4)

    CC will inevitably be expensive for states to implement, especially those that did not receive RttT federal (coercive) funding. Each state's legislative representatives must demand a cost-benefit analysis from CC, as well as one from an independent firm, for their state. (The comparison is sure to be enlightening.)


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