MORE: Indiana Drops Common CorePosted: March 25, 2014
Gov. Mike Pence Signs Legislation Withdrawing State From Math and Reading Standards
Stephanie Banchero reports: Indiana’s governor on Monday signed legislation withdrawing the state from the Common Core, making it the first to officially dump math and reading standards that have been adopted by nearly all the states.
COMMON CORE ROOTED IN MATH CLASS SOCIAL JUSTICE INDOCTRINATION
While proponents of the Common Core claim that the new standards are focused on “college and career readiness,” more evidence is surfacing that a central purpose of the initiative is social justice and income redistribution indoctrination.
Social justice indoctrination in Common Core is not just limited to language arts.
Radical Math is a group founded by Jonathan Osler who teaches math and community organizing at a Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) high school in Brooklyn, New York. Its website states Radical Math is “a resource for educators interested in integrating issues of social and economic justice into their math classes and curriculum.” [read more here]
The law directs the state board of education to create its own learning goals before July 1. “Indiana has taken an important step forward in developing academic standards that are written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and are uncommonly high,” Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, said in a statement.
Supporters of the new Indiana law cite an effort to maintain local control, with some also arguing the Common Core is weaker than Indiana’s old standards.
The Common Core’s proponents played down the move, saying Indiana still could keep large sections of those standards in place. But others said Mr. Pence’s move could embolden other governors, especially given that Indiana was among the first to adopt the standards, in 2010.
Jim Stergios, executive director of the Pioneer Institute, a free-market think tank that opposes Common Core, said the move “opens the floodgates.” and sends the message to other states that the “water is warm, come on in.”
The Common Core has come under attack recently in at least a dozen states by an unlikely coalition of conservatives, who see them as an intrusion into local control, and teachers-union leaders, who say their implementation has been botched.
The standards lay out what students should know from kindergarten through 12th grade. Written by a group of governors, state education leaders and other experts, the standards have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. The Obama administration prodded states to take on the standards with its $4.35 billion Race to the Top initiative….Read more….
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