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FreedomWorks urges Legislature to reject Common Core reading and math standards


Topeka — The Tea-party affiliated FreedomWorks is urging Kansas legislators to reject Common Core reading and math standards.

"Help us protect Kansan students from Common Core," Whitney Neal, director of grassroots for FreedomWorks, said in a note to the group's members. "Let’s fight to keep parents, teachers, and local communities in charge of education – not Washington bureaucrats."

Kansas formally adopted Common Core standards in 2010, saying they would help prepare students for college and careers. Numerous school districts throughout the state, including Lawrence, have spent the past two years getting teachers ready to implement them.

Common Core standards have been adopted by most states, and started as a project of the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers.

But FreedomWorks says Common Core will take away the rights of states to compose their own education requirements.

In Kansas, the Legislature is fighting over budget and tax issues. Senate Republican leaders want to insert a provision in the budget that would prohibit the expenditure of state funds to implement Common Core standards.


average 10 months, 4 weeks ago

We have a directly-elected state Board of Education. They're in the state constitution. Can the legislature just butt out a tiny bit and let them do their elected job?


jafs 10 months, 4 weeks ago

I'm not at all convinced that I want parents and local communities "in charge" of education.

There are large variations in intelligence and education among those groups.

It's difficult, but we need consistent standards across the country, as others have mentioned. Who defines those, and how they're measured aren't easy to answer, but it's the only way to go.


tomatogrower 11 months ago

Dear Ms. Neal. Grassroots organizations do not need to be uninformed organizations. Common Core was not developed by Washington, but by educators. If you have an issue with specific parts of the curriculum, fine. But stop spreading lies. It just makes your organization look evil and corrupt at worse, ignorant at best.


Agnostick 11 months ago

I can't help but think that one segment of the population that would greatly benefit by Common Core standards would be our nation's military families. If a family is transferred to a different state in the middle of a school year, couldn't these Common Core standards possibly make it easier for teachers at both the old and new schools to coordinate lessons, abilities, skills etc. of the students in question?

It doesn't really surprise me that these Tea Party folks... and FreedomWorks... would have so little concern for our nation's military families.

Interesting to note that FreedomWorks operates under a number of different guises... it is, simultaneously, a 501(c)(3)... 501(c)(4)... and a 527 organization. Why so many? Are they trying to hide something from us?


2stuffedtojump 11 months ago

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. The Pastor would spot these wolves right off. This FreedomWorks would steal your lambs.


bad_dog 11 months ago

Well, I guess rejection of the Common Core standards is OK. After all, it's all in the name of "freedom" right? Freedom to implement dumb 'em down standards, freedom from income taxes for certain population segments, freedom from unions, freedom to control womens' bodies...


kansanbygrace 11 months ago

Yes, Keith, unfortunately, when confronted with pi r-squared, many of those in Arky, (and Western Kansas, sadly enough) will say "they're just stupid, anybody knows pie are round. Cornbread are square."


Gary Denning 11 months ago

While I agree that most education should not have much regional difference, The Kansas Department of Education retained the right to add some local additions to Common Core if needed to make the standards more relevant to Kansas.


Keith 11 months ago

I'm trying to understand why education requirements for 1-12 shouldn't be standardized across the country. Are science, math, US and world History, English, etc. different in Arkansas than they are in Massachusetts?


madcow 11 months ago

I love how these groups always name themselves for the opposite of what they really stand for.

Translation: "We don't want your kids to learn math and science because they might realize how crazy we are".


question4u 11 months ago

The Common Core standards were developed by EDUCATORS not "Washington bureaucrats" and anyone with the ability to read and an ounce of initiative to look up facts rather than spout unfounded opinion knows that perfectly well.

So-called "think tanks" created to further corporate interests don't like the Common Core because when you have standards, you have to live up to them. The idea that you can cut funding to public education and not do any harm is a fantasy, and standards that compare states' education budgets and outcomes to one another are not what corporate interests want. You can't eliminate taxes if you want to maintain quality public education. A lot of corporate money has been spent attempting to disguise that fact.

So what can corporate interests do? The obvious answer is to provoke the same old knee-jerk reactions that have worked in Kansas on so many other issues: mask facts with misinformation, claim some kind of big government conspiracy, and disguise greed with show of caring.

How far off the deep end are Kansans willing to go? Do people really think that this legislature knows more about education than the experts from multiple states who set standards to raise the quality of math and reading education in the United States? We get it. Kansans don't want to be part of the United States, but rejecting the Common Core just because 40 other states have adopted it? That's insanity.

Anyone who thinks that those now in control of Kansas would adopt BETTER education practices in lieu of the Common Core rather than just cheaper practices is truly delusional.


dontsheep 11 months ago

Before this thread goes off the rails, pretty good series of articles with much more background can be found here.


Hooligan_016 11 months ago

In one segment of my brain I would agree with them (on the level that the standard of education should not be a generalized test for every student in the country) but then when you think about it further ...

Math is universal. There absolutely zero debate how geometry and algebra works. I use absolutely zero of the calculus I took in high school and part of college, but I'm glad I at least got the experience.


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