PUBLIC EDUCATION FORUM TO DISCUSS COMMON CORE
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING & Will Only Feature Pro-Common Core Panelists
A forum to discuss the Common Core State Standards is scheduled to occur at the University of Wyoming on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in the Union East Ballroom. The event will take place from 6:30 – 8:00PM and will only feature those who are in favor of the issue. Panelists include Mark Stock from the University of Wyoming, Kathy Vetter from the Wyoming Education Association, and Math teacher, Jayne Wingate from Cheyenne South High School. All of these panelists support the Common Core State Standards. Unfortunately, this forum does not include panelists who oppose this highly controversial set of national standards.
Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core would like to encourage those who can to attend this event. For those who cannot attend, we encourage you to contact Wyoming Public Media reporter, Aaron Schrank, who will be moderating the discussion. Aaron Schrank can be contacted by phone at (307) 766-5064 or by email at email@example.com. Below is a list of questions that can be asked at the forum or of the reporter, Mr. Schrank:
- Educational reform typically is undertaken after significant research is done into the proposed solution. Where’s the evidence that CCSSI, specifically, will make students college and career ready? What pilot test was conducted for this initiative?
- How are students more “college ready” with Algebra II as the highest level of math in the standards? Only about 2% of students leaving HS with Algebra II will graduate with a STEM degree
- Institutions of higher ed had to be on board to get CCSS in our state, so that they could agree to place students who pass a nationalized test in credit-bearing courses, carte blanche, so that the black smudge of “remedial classes” can be eliminated. Why would such an agreement be necessary if students are “college ready”? How is forcing students to pay for credit for classes that USED to be labeled remedial improving “college readiness”?
- History texts will now be taught in the high school English classroom, replacing much classic literature, which English teachers are qualified to teach. What qualifications do English teachers have to teach history? How will you ensure that these texts are not misconstrued through the limits of “close reading” – reading text without consideration of the surrounding context?
- Given the fact that a Gates-funded panel is now assembling to “shine a light” on the few curricula that is “best aligned” to the Common Core, and we will have “accountability” pressure on teachers and administrators, how much freedom can districts REALLY look forward to in choosing curriculum? Please explain how high stakes tests and accountability in testing standards doesn’t ultimately lead to a national curriculum, when in fact, the field is already being narrowed