The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and the Center for Education and Career Innovation (CECI) are treating Common Core opposition like a chef cooking a frog. When you cook a frog, you can’t just throw him into a pot of boiling water, he’ll jump right out. You need his cooperation. This is done by putting him into a pot of cool water, and slowly turning up the heat. The frog is unaware of the threat until it’s too late, and he’s boiled to death.
The IDOE and CECI are gradually moving closer and closer to rebranding the Common Core as the final set of standards for Indiana, while Hoosiers sit unaware that the process was intended to have ONLY this end result. If they had admitted this in the beginning, opponents would have balked and thwarted the process. They need their cooperation.
Those within the Indiana education establishment never intended to veer from the Common Core Standards. During a press conference this past week, the governor of Utah, Gary Herbert, told Fox News reporter Max Roth the following:
“I’ve talked to Governor Pence about what they’re doing there. In essence, they’re creating what’s called the Indiana Core. It’s not the Common Core. It’s the Indiana Core, but their standards are almost mirroring exactly what’s commonly referred to as the Common Core standards. So they’re just doing it in a different way, which is what we’ve already been doing in Utah.”
Maybe he should have also told him to keep that under his hat. Pence told the people of Indiana something quite different in his State of the State address, “Indiana will have standards that are uncommonly high, written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers.” Looks like the people of Indiana are completely in the dark, like the frog sitting in the water.
The Indiana process to rewrite academic standards started out with a known result- a rebrand of the Common Core. We’ve been fooled into thinking that drafts of the new standards being identical to the Common Core isn’t intentional; they’re a work in progress, like the temperature of the water getting slowly hotter as it boils the frog.
The cooks at the IDOE and CECI know what we’re eating for dinner, it’s a big heaping portion of Common Core. They’ll wait until just before the standards are sent to the Indiana Education Roundtable, when the water has reached 212 degrees, and present a final draft that “mirrors” the Common Core. They’ll adopt the Common Core again, under a new name, just like Pence told his good buddy Governor Herbert. (Too watch the portion of Governor Herbert’s new conference that pertains to Common Core, begin at minute 22 here. Governor Pence and Indiana is mentioned around minute 24.)
Stand up Indiana.
Fight for what is right and honorable.
Call Governor Pence at (317)232-4567,
Call the Indiana Department of Education at (317)232-6610,
tell them NO rebrand on Common Core!