Monday I had the privilege of watching a
trainwreck Anti Common Core rally/press conference at the Capitol. It’s attendees included Jane Robins, Jack Stivers, Sen. Judson Hill (Though he wasn’t there the whole hour), Sen. William Ligon, Ralph Hudgens’ wife, and a few of the other usual suspects.
It’s OK, I get it. Some people don’t like Common Core and that’s fine. The problem arises when you criticize something on grounds that flat out don’t exist or are just plain crazy talk.
Common Core is not the Department of Education partnering with the Muslim Brotherhood (pink sign, top right). I can promise you that the standards do not have any basis in the writings of Sayyid Qutb, I’ve read both.
If you’re going to criticize something and lead a protest or rally against an issue, it might be best you have your ducks in a row.
Common Core does have some issues but overall is a step in the right direction. And on Tuesday a new coalition was announced in support of Common Core in Georgia. The Group is called Better Standards For A Better Georgia, and includes a diverse group that was brought together through the Georgia Chamber. The Group includes 100 Black Men, Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, Georgia Association of Educators, Georgia Bio, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Georgia School Boards Association, Georgia School Superintendents Association, PolicyBEST (My Employer), StudentsFirst, Technical College System of Georgia, and the University System of Georgia
The Origins of the Common Core State Standards are here in Georgia with our former governor Sonny Perdue and State School Superintendent Kathy Cox. 90% of the Math standards are the same as the previous Georgia Performance standards, and 81% of the English Language Arts standards are the Georgia Performance standards.
The Standards themselves are more rigorous and some students may have some trouble with them, but overall these standards will better prepare these students for college, trade school, or the workforce.