Governor Pence delivered a semantic blow to the Common Core in his State of the State address last week:
“When it comes to setting standards for schools, I can assure you, Indiana’s will be uncommonly high. They will be written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers and will be among the best in the nation.”
Breitbart reported on Governor Pence’s statement and included the following response to his remarks from Derek Redelman vice president of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce:
“Redelman appeared to dismiss the notion that Indiana’s standards would stray far from Common Core. ‘A few states have made a few changes but they’ve been minor,’ said Redelman.”
There are certain things that are very distinguishable. When someone asks, “Does it smell like something’s burning?”, one knows exactly what they mean. The Common Core is like the smell of smoke, people can instantly recognize it. The current evaluation of Common Core Standards (CCS) in Indiana will result in a new set of standards. What those standards will look like is still unknown. Some within the education establishment have hinted the new Indiana standards will be the CCS, only with a different name.
Hoosiers aren’t stupid. Does anyone believe the Common Core will get a great set of Groucho Marx glasses and no one will know the new, local standards are the Common Core in disguise? Opposition to the Common Core came from parents unhappy with what they saw happening at their children’s school, if nothing changes under the new standards it will inflame the opposition.
There’s no hiding behind a new name. The standards will be scrutinized by Common Core opponents and national experts with a microscope and a full analysis will be available to the public. If the new standards are a sham, it won’t be a secret and it won’t be acceptable.
Our belief is that there are good people trying to do what is right, regardless of what Common Core supporters claim. The process shouldn’t be discredited and the hope of Indiana creating the best standards in the country is still a possibility.
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