As you know from my coverage of Common Core, the Big Government and Big Business forces that have colluded on this boondoggle have been partners on expanding the federal role in education for a long, long time. And as I’ve pointed out since day one, one of their core strategies has been to rename and rebrand — from Goals 2000 and School to Work to outcome-based education to No Child Left Behind.
Flip-flopping Big Government Republican Mike Huckabee has led the “Rebrand it” strategy to take the heat off his Common Core buddies.
Now, it’s Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s moment: Will he pull a Huckabee or do right by the parents who have been at the vanguard of exposing Common Core’s costly, invasive, academic excellence-sabotaging, control-usurping, choice-undermining scheme?
After garnering positive press for withdrawing from Common Core last month, Pence must decide whether he truly believes in high standards or whether he will rubber-stamp guidelines that are even worse — and have the endorsement of Common Core’s number one lobbyist and peddler, Gates Foundation-funded Achieve Inc.
Discerning citizens see in the draft standards a disregard of Pence’s call for “uncommonly high standards” written by Hoosiers and for Hoosiers. The elaborate committee structure and process instituted by Pence’s aides to draft new standards didn’t produce a product commensurate to his insistence on having superior education standards. For the current result, Pence surely bears responsibility.
Michael Cohen, president of Achieve Inc., a nonprofit group that developed the Common Core, remarks that the draft’s resemblance to Common Core reveals that the process of formulating new Indiana standards has been a waste. Nothing has really changed. Cohen notes that the state could easily remain within an official Common Core testing consortia because of how tightly aligned the draft standards are to Common Core. Other states considering leaving the Common Core will surely rethink enduring a similar superfluous process, Cohen further observes. He’s right.
For what has become clear in each successive draft of standards (earlier drafts have been panned by academic reviewers and citizens) is that Indiana will remain a satellite in Common Core’s pedagogical universe. We can conclude that the governor and Republican leaders in the legislature were not serious about Hoosiers becoming masters of our education domain. Of this fact, Hoosiers should take note.
As Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute observes, what the left hand giveth in SB 91 ordering the state out of Common Core standards, the right hand taketh in the same bill with its instructions that Indiana remain under the yoke of the federal government. Translation: Indiana will continue to rest under a waiver from No Child Left Behind given by President Obama’s Education Department. The price: Adopt college and career ready standards, i.e., the Common Core or its equivalent. We are now poised to adopt the latter.
Indiana parents, vigilant as always, are raising the alarm and exposing the charade.
It’s judgement day at the statehouse and there will be a rally to stop the Common Core clone standards:
Join us April 21st at 1:00pm at the Indiana Statehouse for the Judgment Day Rally.
Let the Indiana Education Roundtable see that parents care!
Hillsdale College Professor Dr. Terrence Moore will speak and answer your questions!