The Common Core debate has entered a whole new stage. Exhibit A is an oped today in the Union Leader. It’s by Betsy McCaughey, the fact-challenged author of the Obamacare “death panel” meme. Here’s a sample:
“Move over Obamacare. Mid-term elections will also be referendums on ObamaCore.
“Contrary to what the public is told, Common Core is not about standards. It’s about content: what pupils are taught. In the Social Studies Framework approved on April 29 by New York state’s education authorities (but not parents), American history is presented as four centuries of racism, economic oppression, and gender discrimination. Teachers are encouraged to help students identify their differences instead of their common American identity. Gone are heroes, ideals, and American exceptionalism.”
If I understand Ms. McCaughey, the message is,”We failed to kill Obamacare so we’ll see if we can do a death panel thing on Obamacore.” (Just for the record, there is no “Social Studies Framework” in the Common Core State Standards.)
Exhibit B is the windshield flyer left during the wonderful Common Core forum presented last night by Rep. Carolyn Gargasz (R-Hollis) and Rep. Melanie Levesque (D-Brookline). Five amazing teachers, along with State Board of Education chair Tom Raffio, NHDOE’s Heather Gage, Nashua Community College president Lucille Jordan and business advocate Fred Kocher spoke about how well the Common Core is working in Hollis/Brookline and around the State. I’ll post more about the forum itself, held at Hollis/Brookline High, when the video is available but here is the flyer:
Political opponents of the Common Core have lost five big votes in the Legislature. The debate now seems to have entered an entirely new stage.
UPDATE 6/17/14: My wife thought the tone I’d taken this morning was a “bit sharp,” as she put it. And, really, I agree. I apologize for the intemperate outbreak. That’s just the opposite of how I think this debate should be carried on. So I’ve edited this post to point out what I think are inaccurate assertions about the Common Core, but do it without quite as much attitude.