Two of the lead people controlling the standards review process defended the draft standards on the Greg Garrison Show today. Claire Fiddian Green, the director of the Center for Education and Career Innovation, and State Board of Education member, Brad Oliver, called on Hoosiers to trust the process to produce high-standards, even though after two drafts the standards still reflect the Common Core. They claim it is a “work in progress.”
It begs the question, “How long should we sit in a theater that’s burning down?”
There is only a short window before the State Board of Education will be voting on the new standards and opportunity to change them is narrowing. Should we sit, as instructed, and wait till the exit is on fire, with no opportunity to escape?
The established negative aspects of Common Core haven’t been removed, like lengthy jargon-filled process standards, and any redeeming aspects, such as requiring students to know by memory their addition facts, are gone. It’s more of what parents oppose and less of what they want.
The process is moving the standards backwards, not forward. Still, we are told to sit and wait, like good little comrades, and let the powers that be do what they want, which is obviously a Common Core rebrand. After two rounds of drafts, the analyses performed by the IDOE showed that the English standards for grades 6-12 are 90% Common Core. That’s not a lot of progress.
If Governor Pence and Glenda Ritz want our trust, they need to earn it, not burn it.
The podcast of the interview should be available soon at http://www.wibc.com/garrison/.