Jenni White of ROPE (Restore Oklahoma Public education) triumphs at the Common Core Chaos debate against Michael Petrilli of the Fordham Institute! The Co-founder and President of the grassroots group has no problem dismantling the talking points brought by the Gates-funded Fordham Institute representative. Let me put this in perspective. ROPE is funded by – well, I paid for the gas to get us to Bartlesville, so I guess it was funded by me this time. Fordham Institute was once a well-respected Education Institute, but now they have accepted funds from the Gates Foundation and other Common Core pushers, so they are ignoring their own findings on standards to repeat ad nauseam the points that grassroots parents and educators across America have already disproven. He even drops the name of Sandra Stotsky as a reference. I guess he forgot that Dr. Stotsky abhors Common Core and spends her time helping states fight it.
By the end, Mr. Petrilli digresses into the argument that Oklahoma will fail in our quest for new standards by rejecting Common Core to create our own standards. Oklahoma will be deemed failures no matter how good our standards may be, because the rest of the states will have Common Core, so they (the elitists) will compare Oklahoma’s standards to Common Core , so that means we fail. Incidentally, that statement also proves our point that the other 4 states who thought they did not accept Common Core had it implemented anyway under another name.
The argument that we need higher standards so that our children will be College and Career ready just doesn’t fly with me. Two things: 1. Pre-Gates funding, Fordham Institute found that Oklahoma’s standards were about the same, except that Common Core was more confusing. According to his own Institute, Common Core isn’t higher standards. 2. Oklahoma has one of the best economies in the United States, and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the U.S., so what we were doing was already preparing our students for College and Careers by the true definition, not the re-definition according to the self-avowed “intellectuals” who want to tell Oklahoma what to do with our children. With all the Gruber news this week, I’m sure you will recognize the attitude.
Mr. Petrilli started out by going over his allotted time for opening remarks. Somewhere along the way he deflated to barking something about how she should stick to the standards and Common Core uses phonics and doesn’t encourage calculators at a young age. Thanks, Mr. P. I think Oklahoma can handle phonics and calculators.
Let me give you just a tasty treat of Jenni’s opening remarks in the hopes that you will listen to the entire debate and come to your own conclusion.
“We must consider the specific chaos resulting from state policymakers remaking Oklahoma education – tailoring it to fit a federal government blueprint including Common Core State Standards, Teacher Accountability measures and a State Longitudinal Database System (all which reinforce the Standards) in order for school administrators to receive ‘flexibility’ from essentially meaningless 100% student proficiency standards in English and Math prescribed by a law Congress refuses to reauthorize. What about flexibility for students, parents and teachers to have standards and resulting curricula that works best for them? After all, is public education about serving administrators or kids?…
…Chaos is the result in countless families as countless mothers (and dads) in countless states have set aside their primary duties of children, home and office to spend countless hours researching why their kids suddenly hate school, or math, or reading, only then to spend countless hours educating fellow parents and government officials that enacted Common Core legislation, about the chaotic nightmare that is the Common Core.
The rest of Jenni’s notes can be found here: http://restoreoklahomapubliceducation.blogspot.com/2014/11/written-remarks-from-common-core-chaos.html
Now, get some popcorn, and enjoy the Common Core Chaos debate here: