I love it when common sense prevails. Great job to all involved.
Thanks for doing what 99% of the public supports.
I'm a parent. They did what I wanted them to do. They are doing what a
vast majority of parents in Utah wanted them to do. That is called representing
your constituents. Nice work. Thanks for doing what is best for my kids and
It is strange to me that the vocal minority (anti Common Core misinformed
activists) feel that we should have more local control of our education system,
yet feel that those who make decisions in our behalf (locally elected school
board members) who favor the state school board's decision for the waiver
to NCLB are out of touch with their wishes. What anti CC people are saying is
we know what is best for education and WE want to control it because we know
what is best. That is control by anarchy. NCLB was a flawed national education
control program from the beginning and was the brain child of the Republican
party. Those who really understand what Common Core is know that it is a step in
the right direction to get us closer to local control of education. Now, if the
state legislature would stop their efforts to undermine local school boards, we
will be even closer to moving in that direction.
The green shirts and sending a mob to the meeting didn't help their cause
much either. I watched a couple of the green shirt ladies get up and invoke the
constitution and the founding fathers, even Lord of the Rings. They
passionately were pleading their cause. That is their right but I have to say
it came across quite awkward for a school board meeting. Shouting and shaking
doesn't come across the way they think it does They think if they act this
way the school board will somehow get behind them? Go back and watch the video
of the meeting and you will see that every time a green shirt got up, the faces
of the board members go blank, and attention is lost. It is almost as if they
feel that getting up there makes the more righteous in their cause. It
didn't work and usually doesn't. Making your kids go protest with you
and sit through a three hour board meeting doesn't help either. But that
group will claim their kids are getting a good education from it. They would be
better off playing with some friends. It is summer vacation time.
Spent a week in July as a member of a SAGE question writing group. We got to
know and use the State core for our subject very well. I have also carefully
read the Common Core for the subject. The State core is superior and requires
greater depth of thinking and problem solving. More important the SAGE test is
written by teachers, reviewed by parents, tested and evaluated by teachers
again. Has three levels of difficulty and each question and its results
evaluated after being used by students. All this by Utah teachers, parents and
students not some non-Utahn entity. USOE should be commended for its leadership
in putting and keeping our State education system under local control. Parents,
do your part and volunteer to be part of the SAGE test review.
Saying CC is local doesn't make it so. Common Core is NOT local control.
But a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.
Both sides of this argument could learn something from the other side. There
are a lot of unintended consequences that are possible.As a general
principle, when people mandate impossible things--as NCLB does--and only give
waivers for following their plan, I feel used and manipulated. I would prefer
to pull back, tell them to stuff their waivers, and keep their manipulation to
themselves.In revolutionary America, I think it sounded like
"Don't tread on me!"
Why is it that when people don't get their way they feel as if those in
charge didn't hear them out? If that's the case nothing would ever
happen. So here's what you do the next time. Vote,them out and put your
person in. Pretty simple. Sad part though is that in our state people complain
about the state legislature but they never vote those folks out. We keep
returning to office the same representatives we complain about. Go figure.
I wish these people would get this worked up about the class sizes their
children are in.
* seventeen trillion dollar debt--$600,000 for every second in a year*
can't secure the borders* IRS scandals* VA hospitals losing
patientsAnd we trust these folks to run education?How's Head Start working out? Has poverty been reduced?
Let's require politicians to achieve 100 percent governing proficiency.They are accountable to the people, not the other way around.NPLB---No politician left behind. No more deficit spending!
Can someone explain to me why the common core is such a bad thing. From what I
have read there is no lowering of standards in any state. There is no loss of
control at any state level. Only requirement is that to receive Federal money
that the minimum is set for what our children must as a whole be able to
understand and at what level they must perform at before moving on to the next
level. No more graduation for being able to excel at only dance.