The Common Core standards were written in 2009 under the aegis of several D.C.-based organizations with few educators present, marked by the absence of public participation, transparency, or educator participation. For some strange reason this untested mysterious system was adopted by most stated soon after. This school year is the year that legislators and parents are noticing what a failure this out-of-touch system is on children in the Public School System. The Governor of Louisiana is one of the many governors turning their backs on Common Core wanting to give education back to their state out of the hands of DC bureaucrats.
Via The Times-Picayune:
Gov. Bobby Jindal has said he wants to withdraw Louisiana from a consortium of states developing the assessment associated with the Common Core academic standards if the Louisiana Legislature doesn’t choose to do so on its own.
Eight state House members sent a letter to Jindal Monday afternoon asking him to nix a years-old agreement that has Louisiana helping craft the Partnership of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. The governor, who once supported Common Core and the PARCC, said he is in favor of the state’s withdrawal from the group developing the assessment at this point. Jindal also indicated that he hopes the anti-Common Core efforts currently brewing in the Legislature succeed.
“We share the concerns of these [anti-Common Core] legislators and also of parents across Louisiana. We’re hopeful that legislation will move through the process this session that will address the concerns of parents or delay implementation until these concerns can be addressed. We think this course of action outlined in the legislators’ letter remains a very viable option if the Legislature does not act,” said Jindal in a written statement.
In some ways, pulling out of the PARCC consortium would be a largely symbolic gesture on behalf of the Jindal administration, since the group’s work crafting the test is almost done. The state signed on to Common Core in 2010 and is set to start giving the PARCC to third-through-eighth graders in 2015. Louisiana has not technically signed up to use the PARCC yet, thought it’s assumed, as a member of the test’s consortium, that the state would implement the assessment.
Support your local education system and stand up against Common Core Standards! So far it has produced an uncommon amount of children who are complaining that they aren’t learning anything… when did you ever hear children complain en masse that they’re aren’t learning anything? Math is being utterly destroyed for future generations turning math into a philosophy rather than a list of precise unchangeable processes and rules and destroying their natural hunger to read and seek out new things. Join the local fight by googling “STOP Common Core” and your local city or state, you will find a group to volunteer with and they will tell you how you can help.