VICTORY: Oklahoma Next to Repeal œCommon Core

Ben Marquis, 

 There has been quite a bit of controversy and discussion over the “Common Core” federal standards and curriculum that have been introduced into most of the schools in our country.

We recently gave you 10 reasons why common core is a bad idea for kids, parents and teachers.

In fact, it is such a bad idea that Indiana just pulled out of it, and now Oklahoma is standing next in line to do the same.

According to KFOR in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Senate just passed a bill that would repeal the common core standards in their state’s schools.

 House Bill 3399 would repeal the Common Core teaching standards in the state and would allow Oklahomans to create new English and math standards.

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It would also prevent any direct or indirect federal control over those standards or assessments.

Senator Susan Paddock thinks this bill is just a re-branding of the standards already in place, changing from the “toxic” name of common core, and just “cutting and pasting” other standards that aren’t true to Oklahoman values.

But Representative Nelson says the bill is all about the state being able to control its own destiny.

“”it actually replaces it with a system that protects us from outside influence, but also, I think help us establish probably the highest standards we’ve had as a state,” says Rep. Nelson. “The main difference is it’s something that is determined and developed by the state not by folks from outside the state.”

“If teachers have used parts of common core that make sense, that are helping their students out, That’ll still be a good idea,” says Nelson.

If not he says they need the freedom to get rid of it.

Some Senators are worried about how long it will take for new, higher standards to appear in the classroom.  And of course there is pushback and criticism from establishment figures.

Gwendolyn Caldwell, State Chamber Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, said, “The State Chamber supports Common Core State Standards because our members – job creators in the business community – need an educated workforce that can compete in today’s high-tech, global marketplace. Common Core puts high school students on track for college or a career while House Bill 3399 sets back the cause of rigorous standards in Oklahoma.”

The bill will now head back to the House for a vote again, as the Senate version added amendments and it must be reconciled.

This is a good thing for the students and parents of Oklahoma.  Common core is a top-down, one size fits all program that actually sets standards to the lowest common denominator.  Not to mention the skewed views of history and society that it promotes, or the unintelligible methods it uses to solve simple math equations.

States should be able to decide for themselves what standards their students should be measured at.  It should not be up to the federal government to set a blanket standard nationwide that doesn’t take into account numerous variables that make separate regions, states and cities different from one another.