More and more over the past few months, opposition to the state-led Common Core State Standards (CCSS), being introduced in 46 states and the District of Columbia over the past two years, has been building. Not only are the CCSS inferior to several states’ existing educational performance benchmarks, but they leave enough wiggle-room for manipulation of those standards to meet non-academic expectations of some state educators.
And herein is one of the most insidious aspects of the way the CCSS are being implemented. A case in point is the State of West Virginia. In our state, “Standards for 21st Century Learning” is the euphemism selected, possibly to avoid public scrutiny that the state is even using CCSS. At least that is the way it appears to many.
In fact, a prominent member of the WV State Senate stated in a meeting I attended in March 2013 that WV was not part of the CCSS. Additionally, the Senator alleged that WV would never connect its student database – some of it terrifyingly personal and identifiable to the individual student – to a national database of such information currently being supervised by the Center for Education Statistics (Department of Education).
The Senator’s statement notwithstanding, CCSS was quietly adopted by unanimous vote of the WV Board of Education (WVBOE) in May of 2010, fully a month before the official version of the CCSS was released by the owners of the standards, and included a commitment to connect to the databases. That process is 50% complete so far. [Read more...]
About Tom Stark
Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com