Posted: Jan 29, 2014 7:26 AMUpdated: Jan 29, 2014 7:26 AM
Capacity Audience Hears Common Core Forum
Oklahoma Wesleyan University's Lyon Performance Hall was filled to capacity Tuesday night to hear a presentation on the Common Core Curriculum Standards. Speakers criticized the standards for taking education out of the hands of local school boards and administrators, or even state officials in many cases, and giving control to the Federal Department of Education. President of Restor Oklahoma Education, Jenny White told the audience she had spoken with legislators who refused to consider what she had to say about problems with the standards. Linda Murphy called Common Core essentially a job training program that waters down the curriculum and removes reading literature as an emphasis. She recommended asking local law makers to back Senate Bill 1146, which repeals Common Core in Oklahoma. University President, Dr. Everett Piper spoke of the power of ideas and emphasized that local education is the best education. You can hear the other side of the curriculum argument Thursday night when State Superintendent Janet Barisi brings her State Standards Road Show to the Mid-High. About a quarter of the audience members indicated they had driven 30 miles or more to hear the presentation.
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