Justin Ohlemiller and his organization, Stand for Children, refuse to present information on the Common Core Standards without slicing and dicing it until it fits into their talking points. His article (Hoosiers rally behind Common Core goals, Aug. 13) was purposefully disingenuous, leaving out important facts and testimony.
If representatives of Stand for Children had cared enough to stay until the end of testimony, they would have been privileged to hear from 2,300 Hoosiers who signed a letter in opposition to Common Core, 28 of whom were teachers. The failure to acknowledge the 2,300 Hoosiers who opposed Common Core is Ohlemillers most egregious act, as he dismisses the will of the people. It was read aloud and submitted into the record. That sure beats the pants off the measly 27 supporters who provided anecdotal accounts, void of research or facts, of what the Common Core means to them.
What about the teachers who testified that Common Core is the answer to all that ails education? Lets be mindful that the Common Core isnt fully implemented. Any teachers classroom experience with the Common Core is limited to a year, hardly the amount of time needed to properly evaluate and test its long-term effects. We expect more trials on the medicine we give our kids; why not on their education? Teachers advocating on such limited evidence is truly irresponsible.
He purports that the people testifying against Common Core were not from Indiana. Really? Maybe he missed the math professor from Indiana University, Chris Connell, who adamantly opposes Common Core because it will not prepare students for college work and thereby will increase remediation rates.
As for Ohlemillers account of the Hoosier-led fight to defend the Common Core, their two main experts, Jason Zimba and Kathleen Porter-Magee, are from outside the state of Indiana. I thought their testimony was quite compelling as Zimba, author of the math standards, testified that the college readiness of the Common Core math standards doesnt meet Purdue or Indiana University requirements. No, Im not joking. He said that students would need more math than the Common Core contains for entrance into these state universities. Magee cautiously testified that Indiana can only add 15 percent to the Common Core, not delete or change any of the standards. When opponents of Common Core say this, Ohlemiller calls it misinformation.
Stand for Childrens blind support for the Common Core would be hard to understand if their national group hadnt received $9,267,796 from the Gates Foundation, which spearheads the national Common Core effort.
Stand for Children needs to do some fact-finding and soul-searching and reconsider its position on the Common Core.