Letters to the Editor

Letter: Core standards

September 21, 2013


To the editor:

I appreciated Journal-World reporting (Sept. 17), regarding a resolution by Kansas Republicans to block adoption of the national Common Core curriculum standards for schools. The resolution requires our outrage.  

Koch/Brownback/tea party/ALEC efforts to block the adoption and implementation of these standards are consistent with their intention to eliminate public education. Those who talk the most about losing “local control” are the same folks who complain about failing schools. If they can convince voters that schools are failing, they can convince us to end public education. Of course they will fight an intervention that could improve teaching and learning in our schools.

Kansas schools are not failing.  Thanks to progressive local and state leaders in the past, Kansas has been known for excellent schools, great universities and colleges, and well-prepared students who have made this state what it is. Our graduates have provided leadership for our country and throughout the world. 

The Common Core curriculum standards result from years of research, study, creative planning and problem solving by educators throughout the country. There has been intensive input from almost all disciplines of learning and from business leaders who promote the thinking skills, creativity, and basic knowledge required for a productive workforce in the future.  

Educators and parents know that excellence in student performance requires continuous professional improvement as well as financial support. These standards are designed to provide a great deal of structure for progress toward excellence. We must insure implementation of the Common Core standards.


Richard Brown 4 years, 9 months ago

If only we could hear such sanity from Topeka.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 9 months ago

Thank you Barbara Palmer for paying attention and expressing your views.

Koch/Brownback/tea party/ALEC efforts to block funding for public schools might well be illegal.

But that has not stopped them. It seems to me that full blown funding should be put to the voters. It's time to eliminate the ALEC Right Wing Party from the decision.

ALEC Private Schools - Corporate Education Reformers Plot Next Steps at Secretive Meeting http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/02/02-9

United States of ALEC – Bill Moyers http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

Knowing more about the enemies to public education, the working class and our communities is important.

Vouchers are a vehicle to funnel tax dollars into private schools. Using the false promise of “choice,” they are an unabashed abandonment of public education and of our hopes for a vibrant democracy. http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/10/13-0

rtwngr 4 years, 9 months ago

Being anti voucher is liberal racism. It prevents an entire socioeconomic underclass the ability to compete for the best education available. Shame on you, Merrill, for being part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

chootspa 4 years, 9 months ago

Do you also support vouchers to help poor people buy a car instead of riding the bus?

chootspa 4 years, 9 months ago

Then there's the pesky details beyond the ideological assumptions you're making about choice. Like how charters are actually MORE segregated than public schools. Ooops.


Abdu Omar 4 years, 9 months ago

Why don't we hear something good from Topeka? Because we elected the people who would close down public schools. I want to repeat "WE ELECTED THEM". We must turn that back or we will become the laughing stock of America. We are foolish.

When we think Republican we think about Dole, Reagan, and Eisenhower. We don't have Republicans like that any more. We have Republicans who are tied to rich financiers who have paid to have their way. This, please, must stop. Education is too important to not fund or not give the best we can.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 9 months ago

ALEC legislative and corporate members. These include online school businesses such as K-12 Inc. as in the USD 497 Virtual School.

Others include Insight Schools, and Connections Academy a division of Connections Education LLC. Also Heritage Foundation, Texas Public Policy Center, The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, the Hoover Institution, the Alliance for School Choice and more.


Dick Sengpiehl 4 years, 9 months ago

Well said. I can only hope and pray that voters will take notice and vote out right wing interests in 2014

rtwngr 4 years, 9 months ago

Why does the Federal government need to be allowed to dictate to the citizens of Kansas what should and should not be taught in our public schools?

The Department of Education is a tremendous waste of money now. Why should it be given more money and more power to become a bigger waste of time and money?

The statement that the Brownback administration wants to eliminate public education is an inflammatory lie with no basis in fact.

When we talk about failing schools, we're referring to the failure of bad teachers, propped up by teacher's unions, to obtain satisfactory results. The voucher program in Washington, D.C. was working, test scores were improving, and children whose parents wanted them to get an education, were getting one. Then "he who shall not be named" was elected president in 2008 and ended that program. It has digressed back into an abysmal morass.

You yourself point out that Kansas schools are not failing. Why fix it if it isn't broken?

Why cannot the liberals of this community get it into their mushy skulls that more involvement by the government, no matter how it is marketed, is not necessarily the best thing?

chootspa 4 years, 9 months ago

You might try doing some fact checking before you post. The department of Ed didn't create Common Core, and it isn't a federal standard.

voevoda 4 years, 9 months ago

I trust teachers to decide whether the Common Core is, or is not, an appropriate set of standards for Kansas schools. The politicians and political lobbyists and self-appointed political pundits who know nothing directly about the Common Core or about teaching should butt out.

ENVIROPEACE 4 years, 9 months ago

Why do folks want to post on issues without understanding them? Crazy thought... take a little time and effort to understand the topic issue before posting something completely irrelevant... Thank you to the forward thinking, educated posters above. You know who you are...

David Reynolds 4 years, 9 months ago

Has anyone looked at the Standards. There is nothing specific in them regarding competency & achievement. The standards to meet grade level are very vague.

It would be great if we had standards that would increase our performance on an international scale. We once were a very high achieving nation. Not so much.

If we set standards to compete on an international basis we would prove our students are capable of competing in the world market place.

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