Sunday, March 22, 2015

Louisiana Begins Dismantling Common Core

"A press release from Gov Bobby Jindal’s office states the plan involves legislation that will allow for a new process involving a committee of parents, teachers, and school leaders to adopt education standards. Until such legislation is passed, Jindal wants public schools to use grade-level expectations from 2004-2005 and the older LEAP and iLEAP assessments to measure student achievement.
Additionally, Jindal said he will support legislation that restricts the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) from entering into contracts, Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), and Cooperative Endeavor Agreements (CEAs) with third parties and the federal government."
“This legislation will help us get Common Core out of Louisiana once and for all. We will not accept this one-sized-fits-all approach to our children’s education. The package of legislation will make clear that the federal government or third parties do not have control over Louisiana’s schools, and help ensure that Louisiana parents and teachers create Louisiana standards and curriculum.
Under the new adoption process, every elected official involved in education (including the Legislature, school board members and BESE members) will vote on the draft standards and give parents the opportunity to weigh in and express their concerns. Ultimately, the standards will be approved by majority vote of both houses of the Legislature.
"Jindal’s office also stated that “no state or public funds may be spent on any contract, MOU, CEA, or waiver agreement entered into by a public education body in Louisiana that constitutes a shift in policy in response to the federal regulation or financial incentives from the federal government, unless expressly provided for in law.”

Common Core does not currently contain history standards, just history texts.  Federal involvement could allow history curriculum to focus less on “American Exceptionalism” and more about todays in vogue  teaching of “grievances” and “victimhood” caused by the United States.  What happens when the federal government decides they get to make curriculum decisions.  What happens when many of the elites, that have already effected higher education, begin teaching American history?   Are we to allow these elites, often times unelected behind close doors with no transparency, to dictate to us how our children are going to learn about American History,  Civics and other important topics that provide citizenry with critical thinking?