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Your Views: Wisconsinites need truth about Common Core standards

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December 18, 2013

Tony Evers, state schools superintendent, claims the Common Core State Standards curriculum is better than the one currently used in Wisconsin, and that all but five states have already adopted CCSS. This is true, but what Mr. Evers doesn’t say is that 20 states, including Wisconsin, are in the process of rejecting Common Core in one form or another, either by way of serious action to withdraw, withdrawing from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, delaying implementation, or not funding Common Core.

There have been public forums, legislative bills and hearings on state legislative floors. This curriculum is very controversial. Proponents claim that Common Core is not part of a federal mandate and that the curriculum does not indoctrinate our children into noncreative, pre-programmed progressive robots. Those opposed say the opposite. They claim it stifles creativity and promotes a socialist agenda. They say it is politicizing education.

A logical person would assume that someone is lying. We need the truth! I personally think there are alternative models to the untested and costly Common Core, such as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study model, which has proven to be very successful and cost friendly.

With the federal government pouring millions into these standards and trying to implement it at any cost, one would suspect that there is an agenda behind it. I urge our legislators to make sure that the federal government does not take over education like it has everything else.

KIM OLSON

Janesville



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