The Name Game with Common Core- Indiana Re-branding

Posted: April 29, 2014 in Agenda 21/Sustainable Development, Education, Legislative Issues, Parental Rights
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Indiana supposedly dumped Common Core. Well, they just changed the name to throw people off track. This is a typical action we have seen from agencies repeatedly. Here’s a good article about it:

There has been much talk lately, and we have received questions about the last week’s events in Indiana.  Despite what some articles or media outlets may say, Indiana is still going forward with Common Core.  This is very unfortunate, but it is also not the end of the fight in Indiana – even the Hoosiers Against Common Core agree.

So if you see Governor Pence on a network program, or in a published interview, saying that he stood up to Common Core and the federal overreach in education….
Common Core has only been renamed, rebranded and repackaged in Indiana.
The Spellbinding words of Wisdom from Ms. Fisher, last fall, were ignored. 

Mike Pence Rebrands Common Core in Indiana (4/28)
Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) is taking victory laps after the Common Core was repealed in Indiana.  However the replacement process has left much to be desired and critics claim that Governor Pence is just doing a rebrand.  Utah Governor Gary Herbert revealed after a discussion he had with Governor Pence.

Making Big Talkers Who Can’t Read (4/17)
For the past month or so, we in Indiana, having pulled out of Common Core, have been told by the state educational establishment that Indiana’s “new” college-and-career-readiness standards will not be an echo of Common Core but instead will be much more rigorous than Common Core. They will be standards written by Hoosiers for Hoosiers. Well, the new draft standards released just Wednesday are in fact an echo of Common Core as anyone who is able to hold two documents side by side can clearly see.

Fuzzy Common Core math standards remain in Indiana’s “new” standards (4/17)
The instructional practices embedded into the K-5 math standards were the largest complaint from parents regarding Common Core. After the first two drafts of Indiana’s “new” standards, the “fuzzy math”  pedagogy embedded in the Common Core was still present – word for word. Unfortunately, the Common Core’s worst math standards remain intact in the latest draft as well. It wasn’t removed.

Indiana’s new academic standards are ‘absurd jumble’ (4/25)
Either Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and his advisers can’t tell what will foster a good K–12 curriculum, or they don’t care.

Last week, Pence voted for a set of curriculum and testing mandates to replace Common Core, even though a chorus of Cassandras has warned that the new standards are of lower quality. Pence congratulated himself for being the first governor to rid his state of Common Core as a crowd of several hundred anti-Common Core onlookers booed him and the committee that cast the vote.

Indiana Unveils the Pence Index for Education Standards(4/26)

A mere parent or citizen–even a college professor who sees the effects of college unready freshmen every year–might lament that the new Indiana college- and career-ready draft standards are simply copied-and-pasted Common Core being sold by the political and educational establishment as something new and wonderful.

Indeed, one could have left the Indiana Statehouse last week either exceedingly incensed or depressed after watching a 24-member Educational Roundtable, chaired by Governor Pence, vote to approve the new draft standards after listening for almost two hours to a panel of educrat “experts” offer nothing but talking points about “research based practices,” “standards evaluation processes,” and “stakeholders involved in the process” (of creating standards), and the “depth of the Indiana process”–yet without a single intelligent word concerning genuine learning being uttered. One could also have come out of that meeting thinking that the people doing the talking and deciding the fate of Indiana’s students have no idea what those standards even mean nor what effects they will have on the classroom; in short, they could not explain the standards to save their lives. That was my initial reaction.

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