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.