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Push-back on Common Core not unique to Kansas


Opponents of the Common Core standards in reading and math haven't given up on their last-minute push to get something through the Kansas Legislature this year.

According to a story earlier today by Scott Rothschild, the Tea Party-affiliated group FreedomWorks sent out a call to its members, urging them to pressure the Legislature into cutting off funds to implement the Common Core.

This comes on the heels of a big anti-Common Core turnout at the Kansas State Board of Education last week where people urged the board to do an about-face on those standards, which are known locally as the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards.

And that came on the heels of a Statehouse rally the week before, just as lawmakers were returning for the wrap-up session.

According to Kansas Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker, similar campaigns are being waged in at least 16 other states as well:

In Alabama, at least four anti-Common Core bills have been introduced in the Legislature. At least one bill has been introduced in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah.

Meanwhile, anti-Common Core rallies and forums have been staged in Colorado, Florida and Tennessee.

And in Arizona, Idaho, New Hampshire, New York and Ohio, education officials are reporting other kinds of active anti-Common Core rumblings.

Based on comments made at the state board meeting last week, much of the opposition is based not on the content of the standards, but on a shared perception that the standards represent a form of federal intrusion into state matters.

But when I asked DeBacker about it last week, she said the latest criticism was all a bit frustrating.

On the one hand, she noted, the State Department of Education is constantly targeted for criticism by Kansas Policy Institute, a conservative think tank, which uses data based on the old, pre-Common Core standards to show that Kansas has low academic standards compared with other states, never mentioning that the standards have been changed since then to address those very concerns.

And then, when Kansas collaborates with other states to come up with higher educational standards designed to prepare students for college and the workforce in a global marketplace, DeBacker said, they get criticized by other groups who say such collaboration represents "federal intrusion" into state matters.


dontsheep 11 months ago

It's not about standards for child improvement in the way a parent thinks. Smarter, better employment future, etc. It's improving the child to be a better consumer.

Here's Bill Gates saying so.

But how does a company figure out what's the best product/service to create for a growing market? Market research! Collect hundreds of data points on kids. How they react emotionally, how they perform under stress, parent's voting record, skills they are good at, skills they are not good at (helps push towards future job), blood type, medical history, nutrition, etc. Require them to wear wrist bands to measure biometrics, take regular fMRIs...basically treat them like lab rats.

And that's not conspiracy. You can find all of it sourced in the DOEs documents and funding for it in the stimulus bill. But you have to look for it and do your research. The LJWorld and Huff Po aren't going to do it for you.

Would you let your neighbor grab that much info on your kid? How about the babysitter? College entrance interview? How about Microsoft, Amazon, Google, the IRS or the Gov't? Wake up people.


chootspa 11 months ago

Astroturf at its finest. Can't tell the states that they don't have high enough standards if they go and adopt higher standards. Can't tell the states that they're doing a lousy job if they find better measures. Can't distort the records and claim charters/vouchers actually improve outcomes if the states suddenly have apples to apples comparisons.


Nani700 11 months ago

"Some people may not like the reality of the facts we present, but the facts come from official government records." Yes, Dave, distorted facts. I am sure you sleep well at night, others would have a hard time.



question4u 11 months ago

It's OK. With China investing an addition $250 billion a year in its universities, we can afford to reject Common Core standards. American students don't need to be better prepared for college because China will be able to provide all of the scientists and engineers that we need. Chinese scientists and engineers will help America to develop new technologies and keep this country competitive internationally. Chinese scientists and engineers will give the US military its competitive edge too. That's why China is investing billions in education. The Chinese want to keep America strong.

Brazil passed the United Kingdom last year to become the the world's 6th largest economy. Brazil is investing heavily in education. That's great news for the US, because if China were the only nation in the world increasing its investment in education then Americans might not be able to cut education funding by as much. But with Brazil investing so much in education, companies like Embraer will have all the highly educated employees that they'll need to be able to take over even more of the work that still has to be done by American companies like Boeing. Soon American workers can take it easy, though. Let innovations in the aerospace industry take place somewhere else. Let other countries build the planes for us. Suckers!

So go ahead and join the Tea Party in rejecting the common core. Let the Chinese, Brazilians and others do the hard work of science and engineering so that Americans can be free to cut education spending and sit back and enjoy the prosperity.. That's just good old-fashioned common sense and patriotic too!


gatekeeper 11 months ago

I want Dave's job. Unfortunately, I'd have to be one of the Koch brothers concubines and I have morals and standards. I'd rather be poor than be owned by the Koch's.

Must be nice to get paid to troll small town newspaper websites and spew misinformation and try to get the ignorant masses to back anything you say. You unfortunately are dealing with Lawrence residents and I believe we are more educated than the populations is rural Kansas that you can easily manipulate.


Gary Denning 11 months ago

Mr. Trabert, If your info on Common Core is as accurate as the bogus numbers you and your people put forth on K-12 cost numbers, I can understand why Hancock is arguing with you.

As far as our NAEP scores are concerned, Kansas consistently scores above most states in NAEP testing. Very few states paying less money for K12 education have higher average NAEP scores than Kansas. Kansas also scores higher than most in ACT testing than most states.


kanzen2424 11 months ago

I don't understand why folks would think that the Common Core Standards have any link to the feds at all. This is simply misinformation. They were developed by a consortium of educators and sponsored by governors. Individual states have voted to adopt them. States who haven't wanted to participate have not. Maybe the fear of the feds isn't really the problem at all. Possibly its the fact that the standards are designed to teach children to think critically. It makes complete sense that conservatives would fear an electorate who has been educated with skills such as logic and critical thinking.


Ray Parker 11 months ago

We cannot trust our present federal regime to dictate indoctrination and propaganda for our impressionable children. No Common Core. No federal education programs. The people of Kansas will handle Kansas public schools.

No brainwashing

No brainwashing by parkay


Dave Trabert 11 months ago

I don't know why Peter Hancock continually misrepresents facts but as I've explained here previously, the new Common Core performance standards do not go into effect until the 2015 school year. Kansas is still operating under and reporting performance based on the standards that have been in place since 2006. Those are the standards that the U.S. Dept. of Education says are among the lowest in the nation.

We will again file a formal complaint with LJW management over Mr. Hancock's misrepresentation of the facts. Hopefully, this time they will at least acknowledge receipt of the complaint.


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