Skip to comments.Historic win for school choice in Oklahoma
Posted on 06/13/2014 6:11:57 PM PDT by Kaslin
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan can threaten us all he wants; were finished with Common Core in Oklahoma.
Last week Governor Mary Fallin made it official, signing into law legislation repealing the laws impact on our states education standards.
As a state representative, I was proud to have voted to stop Common Core. As a conservative, Im outraged I had to in the first place. We need to be standing up for school choice, not whitewashing standards that are better for bureaucrats than parents and children.
At any rate, the Obama administration is none too happy with us.
We partner with states whether theyre in Common Core or have their own high standards. But where we will challenge status quo is when states dummy down standards, Duncan said.
Coming from the same person who blamed white suburban moms for the Common Core backlash thats swept America over the last year, its hard to take his thoughts on quality education standards too seriously.
Both South Carolina and Indiana said no, and its not because they want to dumb down standards.
Facts back us up. A Brookings Institute study released in April shows that states adhering, or relatively close to, Common Core fare worse on math tests. The states that did best on the subject were those that had standards farthest removed from Common Core.
Supporters of Common Core argue that strong, effective standards will sweep away such skepticism by producing lasting, significant gains in student learning, the study says. So far at least there are no signs of such an impressive accomplishment.
Google common core math and you dont have to go far to find The Ten Dumbest Common Core Problems. Its not an Onion story.
As someone whos been blessed with the opportunity to get two engineering degrees and later teach undergraduate classes on the subject, that incenses me.
Oklahomans deserved better, and we delivered. Now we need conservatives who wont back down, regardless of what party is standing in the way of good policies.
Thats been my creed since I was elected to the state House in 2012, and itll be the same in Congress if given the chance.
I wish I could say the same for someone else in this race.
Steve Russell voted three different times for the bill that implemented it on our families. Now he claims to oppose Common Core, calling it a national takeover of our schools and vowing to fight to repeal the standards.
He just didnt when he had the chance.
Oklahoma conservatives deserve better than this kind of representation. We dont need pastels. What we need is aggressive, bold conservatism untainted by this kind of political doublespeak.
Ill be unrelenting in standing up for school choice in Congress. Stopping Common Core in Oklahoma was a good start, but getting the government knows best mindset out of our educational system is what we cant stop pushing for. That wont come through compromise, or through voting one way and saying something else during election season.
Itll come through conservative principles, sticking to them, and working to deliver results. I got things done in Oklahoma without backing down on compromising. Thats the type of can-do fight Ill have in Congress.
Ensuring the highest quality of education standards is too important to do less, regardless of what Arne Duncan says.
Then I hear as all learn to read and get to social studies the indoctrination of liberal thinking gets infused at a higher rate than ever before.
Can anyone confirm that for me that has lived it?
I'm sure going to look close at the materials given my boy.
You paid WAY too much for this stuff!
There are ZERO reasons to continually 'update' English, Math, etc. at extortionistic prices every year.
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