Maryland native and Montana congressional candidate Matt Rosendale sent out a release today about the Common Core State Standards that contains profound factual errors as well as an almost total misunderstanding of education policy. It’s the work of someone more dedicated to appeasing an ill-informed TEA Party base than actually working to improve Montana schools.
Common Core is a move by the federal government to further interject itself into our lives. Frankly, it is more of the same forced, top-down, expensive education policy that has failed our children and our schools for decades.
Flatly untrue. The Common Core State Standards were sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers, who have led the implementation of the program across the country after starting the discussion back in 2009. Since then, 45 states, including Montana, have voluntarily signed on to the standards.
Unfortunately, there is a large movement growing out of liberal academia which threatens the education of our children and our personal freedoms.
As I noted before, the CCSS is hardly the product of liberals in academia; it was the brainchild of state education chiefs and governors. Conservative education groups like the Fordham Foundation were among the early proponents of the reform of state standards, as are conservatives like former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Education Secretary Bill Bennett, and the National Association of Manufacturers.
With a one-size-fits-all approach, education will be dumbed down to the lowest denominator, and while that might seem like a good idea in Washington, D.C., it is wrong for our public education system in Montana.
For most states, including Montana, the Common Core State Standards represent a significant increase in the expectations for our students. Radical communist front group Exxon Mobil said of the CCSS that “It sets very important milestones and standards for educational achievement while at the same time providing those most invested in the outcome – local teachers and administrators – with the flexibility they need to best achieve those results.” Conservative education experts at the Fordham Institute concluded that the CCSS are more rigorous than were the standards in 39 states, including Montana.
The CCSS will demand more of our students, because we can—and must—expect more of them.
Parents, teachers, administrators, and school boards coming together to best decide what our children should learn and under what kind of timeline.
And that isn’t threatened by the Common Core Standards. States across the country have had standards for education for decades; what is decided at the local level is curriculum, which remains in the hands of local school boards today. I don’t expect that every person in the U.S. understand the difference between these concepts, but someone who wants to make federal education policy at the Congressional level certainly should.
Nonsense like this might play well to the part of a Republican primary electorate who believes in the threat of the UN’s Agenda 21 and communist infiltration of our precious bodily fluids, but doesn’t serve the interest of our students or state.