The State of Texas passed a law rejecting the Common Core educational standards. Texas has it’s own standards, known as TEKS – Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. However, as I am discovering, Common Core worksheets are still being used in Texas and, if this is representative of the Common Core standards, our nation is doomed.
The federal Department of Education started out rather innocuously. President Andrew Jackson signed legislation that formed the first Department of Education. “The original Department of Education was created in 1867 to collect information on schools and teaching that would help the States establish effective school systems. Today, ED operates programs that touch on every area and level of education. ” (www.ed.gov) The Department of Education went from a small data gathering department to a rules and regulations making cabinet-level governmental department whose major responsibilities are:
1. To establish policies relating to financial aid for education, to administer distribution for these funds, and to monitor their use. (aka Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac)
2. To collect data and oversee research on America’s schools and disseminate this information to the public.
3. To identify major issues and problems in education and to focus attention to these problems.
4. To enforce federal statutes prohibiting discrimination in programs and activities receiving federal funds and to ensure equal access to education. (ED FACTS, p.1)
The Department of Education is not found in the Constitution. And much like every other federal departments, the DoE passes rules and regulations that impact public schools across the nation without accountability or input from American citizens. If I had my way, I’d privatize school loans and allow the states total control of their education.
Speaking of state control, most every state has a Department of Education of their own. Talk about redundancy. Each state, like Texas, can choose either to adopt Common Core or not. Surprisingly, only Alaska, Indiana, Nebraska, Texas, and Virginia have chosen not to adopt the Common Core standards. Sidenote: Virginia’s standard of education is called the Standards of Learning or SOL (giggle). Only time will tell if those states who adopted the Common Core standards will be more or less successful in educating their children than those states who opted out.
Every pro-education person across the nation would agree that there is a minimum level of knowledge that a student must learn to be a contributing member of society and personally successful. Reading, writing and ‘rithmetic are …read more