October 21st, Julia, Lynn and I went to visit the Carter County Republicans. Chairman Anna Flat asked us to attend and speak about the Common Core. She wanted to hear both sides of the issue so she also asked the Oklahoma State Department of Education to appear. Joel Robison, Chief of Staff for Superintendent Barresi came.
As I've said before, we don't have a problem with Joel - we don't have a reason to - he's never been anything but decent to us - we just don't like the direction in which our State Superintendent is taking Oklahoma education. We also have a problem with the fact that Dr. Barresi herself frequently embellishes the truth, spins fact, regularly talks around questions without answering them and has a tendency to be unkind to dissenters.
One of the biggest "truth embellishment" of late is the fact that Oklahoma has Oklahoma Academic Standards instead of Common Core - well, at least she doesn't mention Common Core now that it has become a political hot potato - she only chooses to talk about "her" new Oklahoma Academic Standards.
So, to kill two birds with one stone, I put together a brief slide presentation to cover BOTH the lie that Common Core is "state led" (aka local) and the truth about the Oklahoma Academic Standards. Below are the slides with captions - almost all are screenshots either from Common Core or OSDE websites. (If you can't read the slides, click on them and they will open to original size).
|Here is David Coleman - the 'architect' of the CCSSI. Yes, he worked 5 years in health care, in financial institutions and did PRO BONO (?) work in education? HE'S writing educational standards? Interesting.|
|Dr. Barresi hired John Kramen out of Achieve. His CV is available for download in the State's NCLB waiver application which can be found here; http://www2.ed.gov/policy/eseaflex/ok.pdf.|
|So, we've gone from Reading, Writing and Arithmetic to Accountability, Achievement and Alignment?|
|Here, we're told that the OSDE is using Common Core. CCSSI is being portrayed as an umbrella covering every aspect of Oklahoma Standards. |
|Screen shot showing that when you click on the URL for the English/LA standards, they go directly to the CCSSI document.|
|Here are some combined screenshots showing where every link to the English/LA standards go on the OSDE OAS page.|
|Here are the links to the OAS math standards page. Note that the link to the Math standards themselves go directly to the CCSSI document.|
|Here is the screenshot for the OAS Social Studies. The underlined language and the box in the lower left shows that the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Social Studies include the Common Core State Standards.|
|This is a comparison of the National Council for Social Studies webpage about the national Social Studies standards and the FAQ page of the CCSSI webpage showing that the CCSSO worked on both standards and they are "state led".|
|The left is a screen shot from the Oklahoma Academic (C3) Standards Implementation Guide that shows that the OSDE is teaching our Oklahoma children that we live in an "American Constitutional Democracy". I have asked Constitutional scholars about this term - they do not know what it means. We live in a Republic - as I have written before. The right side are screen shots from the National Social Studies standards. Please note that they ALSO refer to America as a Constitutional Democracy.|