Last Thursday evening, taxpayers and parents, from around the state of Missouri, had the opportunity to hear directly from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on the implementation of Common Core State Standards in public schools that occurred in 2010. Unfortunately, attendees were not at all pleased with the department’s attempts to control the outcome meeting, and even less impressed that their questions were not answered.
Since the explosion of information, that has flooded the media concerning Common Core State Standards citizens, across Missouri and the country, have grown increasingly disturbed about the implications, and mandates that come with the federal government’s, top down, one size fits all, education reform program. In an effort to address those concerns, DESE scheduled a series of 8 meetings, across the state, to try to present their perspective.
According to DESE, the implementation of these standards will better prepare Missouri students for college and careers.
“The Common Core State Standards are a set of high‐quality academic expectations in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics that define the knowledge and skills all students should know and be able to do to be on track for success in college and careers. The standards promote critical thinking and reasoning skills that students need.”
However, taxpayers are not as convinced by the propaganda offered by the state. In this YouTube video, the Springfield meeting, was filled with concerned citizens, who had questions other than that of the topics that state bureaucrats intended to address, and it became obvious that answers were not going to be forthcoming at Thursday night’s meeting.
This report, from The Rockin’ Conservative!, outlined how DESE used Delphi techniques, at the Cape Girardeau meeting, to throw the audience off message and control the Common Core message.
“ I attended the DESE Common Core Meeting at 6:30pm on 05/02/13 in Cape Girardeau, MO at the Career and Technology Center and what I witnessed was a mastery of controlling the message.”
The Blogodadact reported, after attending the meeting held in the Lindbergh School District,
“Bringing a knife to a gunfight would have been a step up from bringing a Thank You/”How do you like me now?” questionnaire to a Common Core Curriculum ‘presentation’ for angry parents armed with burning questions and an expectation of obtaining real answers. They oughta pay closer attention to the Missouri State Motto (maybe it’s not in their tests?). “
Anyone who may have not had the chance to attend the meetings or those who did not get answers to their questions still have a chance to submit them to DESE. Further inquiry can be addressed to Susan Potter, the Communication Coordinator for the DESE at email@example.com .