Obviously we’ve been busy (most of us teach and/or coach in some capacity), with training and getting back into a school swing. It’s good to be back.
While we plan to report on the new HB 597 Repeal & Replace bill, as well as our whacky governor’s denial of it, one OpEd motivated one of our contributors to switch modes sooner rather than later. She wrote it in response to Bill Bennett’s “Conservative Case for Common Core” piece that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.
Just sent this to Bill Bennett’s folks. Doubt they’ll read let alone care, but you always miss 100% of the shots you never take. Please share if you are so inclined:
After reading Bill’s WSJ piece about Common Core, I thought it might be a good idea to respectfully request that he purchase and read former Hillsdale Professor Terrence Moore’s book: “Story Killers: The Common Sense Case Against Common Core.”
Until it arrives, please consider Moore’s presentation at our “Bring Your Legislator to Class Day” in Columbus, OH on April 9th that was attended by nearly 600 Ohioans on a Wednesday night and featured six national subject-matter experts.
Bill’s WSJ piece did an egregious disservice to parents & teachers who have read the actual documentation that conditioned & drew federal parameters through and around Common Core, which btw was only one on a list of 23 criteria to which states had to agree/adhere just to remain eligible for Race to the Top rewards or NCLB waivers (breaking 3 federal statutes). All that before the standards were even completed/copyrighted by the NGA & CCSSO.
So states had to adopt the standards & assessments to find out what was in them… sound familiar?
Support for RttT/Common Core (you cannot separate the two), is a far cry from the Bill Bennett who was ostensibly ok with President Reagan’s desire to eradicate the US Dept. of Education (and rightfully so). Bill, of all people, should know that the outcome/evidence-based model of education is designed to produce one thing: cogs in a wheel, which denies the nature & humanity of individuals who are fearfully and wonderfully made. It rejects truth, beauty & goodness, the virtues Bill ostensibly desires for posterity.
Please speak with someone who is not a shill, and in your water cooler discussions, please offer this suggestion: Ignorant or complicit in silence or deed, no GOP candidate who hasn’t [truly] repealed this illegal, costly & content-wanting federal albatross in his/her state, has a snowball’s chance in Hades of reaching 270 electoral votes.
Amen. Goes to pattern: Ignorant or complicit in silence or deed, Republicans who allow this progressive boondoggle to continue, will either not recognize, or worse, agree with the next progressive boondoggle being sold for posterity’s liberty, ergo need to be rejected outright.
Bill Bennett is a bright guy, just inadequately informed on this issue. That is what’s most disappointing about his position. ~ed.