Texas and Alaska Race to the Bottom: Reject Education Standards

March 10, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-The States of Texas and Alaska, instead of competing in the race to the top, prefer to enter into a race to the bottom. A panel composed of education experts and state governors released a set of new nationwide educational “common core state standards” today, for grades K-12. The new education standards drafted by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, cover math, history and language and is part of President Obama’s initiative to improve our nation’s public education system, which lags behind other industrialized countries. Forty-eight states, two territories and the District of Columbia participated in developing the new standards, but Alaska and Texas refused to participate. Both Alaska and Texas also declined to apply for a one-time potential $700 million education grant to improve their schools, as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top program, because the two states don’t want a Socialized “government takeover” of their underperforming school systems. Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who has flirted with the idea of succeeding from the U.S. and is a staunch proponent of state’s rights, declared that only Texans can decide how their children are educated. That’s fine, but in a state where a majority of the population don’t believe in the theory of evolution and a third believe that humans and dinosaurs roamed the Earth at the same time, the “Texas way” seems like a dismal failure.

The drafting of nationwide education standards has long been endorsed by President Obama and education experts, as a vital component in improving our schools. School curriculum standards vary widely from state to state, with many students receiving a sub par education, by virtue of geography:

“Let’s challenge our states to adopt world-class standards that will bring our curriculums to the 21st century,” Obama said in a speech last year. “Today’s system of 50 different sets of benchmarks for academic success means 4th grade readers in Mississippi are scoring nearly 70 points lower than students in Wyoming — and they’re getting the same grade. …That’s why I’m calling on states that are setting their standards far below where they ought to be to stop low-balling expectations for our kids. The solution to low test scores is not lowering standards — it’s tougher, clearer standards.”

States adopting the new standards in their schools will receive extra points in their Race to the Top application and states rejecting the standards will be docked points. Many if not all, of the states participating in the drafting of the new curriculum guidelines are expected to adopt the new standards.

Chris Minnich, director of standards for the Council of Chief State School Officers noted that the states and not the federal government, are leading the charge in developing national education standards. And the participants took the time to review and define the necessary “knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers.”

Gov. Rick Perry has angered many education officials in his state, by refusing to apply for a Race to the Top grant and not participating in developing the “common core state standards.” Democratic state Rep. Garnet Coleman, called Perry’s decision “shocking.” But Perry has held firm, saying “Our states and our communities must reserve the right to decide how we educate our children and not surrender that control to a federal bureaucracy.” And he is supported by Texans, like Education Commissioner Robert Scott, who referred to national education standards, as “a step toward a federal takeover of the nation’s public schools.”

Combined with the Texas State Board of Education’s campaign to rewrite the state’s textbooks to reflect conservative Biblical principles and to include the study of figures such as Newt Gingrich and Phyllis Schlafly,Texas is quickly moving towards a state of idiocracy: “uninformed, misinformed and blissfully ignorant.”

The new “common core state standards” are available online for the public and education experts to review and submit public comments.


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11 Responses to “Texas and Alaska Race to the Bottom: Reject Education Standards”

  1. Ked Nitchel on March 10th, 2010 11:32 pm

    Texas stands alone in the race towards idiolunacy. When I served my country during the Vietnam and Cold Wars, I didn’t exclude Texas from my commitment to defend and protect the United States of America. If Texas does choose to separate from the union of states, then no soldier from the state of Texas should represent the United States of America any longer. And the United States should not defend Texas from any
    incursion by Mexico, Venezuela or Columbia. My guess is that if Texas broke away, Mexico would invade the next day and reclaim what is rightfully theirs.

    I have a neighbor from Texas who still uses the term wetbacks and nig@#$% to describe

  2. Ked Nitchel on March 10th, 2010 11:34 pm

    Texas stands alone in the race towards idiolunacy. When I served my country during the Vietnam and Cold Wars, I didn’t exclude Texas from my commitment to defend and protect the United States of America. If Texas does choose to separate from the union of states, then no soldier from the state of Texas should represent the United States of America any longer. And the United States should not defend Texas from any
    incursion by Mexico, Venezuela or Columbia. My guess is that if Texas broke away, Mexico would invade the next day and reclaim what is rightfully theirs.

    I have a neighbor from Texas who still uses the term wetbacks and nig@#$% to describe his fellow Texas who happen to have a different skin color. Texas never really belonged anyhow. Remeber

  3. Ked Nitchel on March 10th, 2010 11:38 pm

    Texas stands alone in the race towards idiolunacy. When I served my country during the Vietnam and Cold Wars, I didn’t exclude Texas from my commitment to defend and protect all of the United States of America. If Texas does choose to separate from the union of states, then no soldier from the state of Texas should represent the United States of America any longer. And the United States should not defend Texas from any incursion by Mexico, Venezuela or Columbia. My guess is that if Texas broke away, Mexico would invade the next day and reclaim what is rightfully theirs.

    I have a neighbor from Texas who still uses the term wetbacks and nig@#$% to describe his fellow Texas who happen to have a different skin color. Texas never really belonged anyhow. Remember November 22, 1963 at 12:30 pm. The world will never forget.

  4. G D Hanson on March 11th, 2010 12:45 am

    The problems are caused by the unions, liberals and their legislation which tore down the family structure and the greed of cities and states which grovel for federal money (with mandates) to squander on wasteful projects to get them re-elected.

  5. G Steinman on March 11th, 2010 2:24 pm

    How did that Robin Hood plan work out for us? I’m still waiting on my refund from the Wilmer Hutchins School District that did not use the funds as intended and is now defunct.

    My children’s public school education declined drastically when Robin Hood went into effect.

    Also, we spend months teaching our students how to pass the TEKS test instead of what they should be learning or enriching their education. I am a graduate of the Houston Independent School District in the 60s and my education was much broader than my children every received and we are in a “top” school district.

  6. Conservos on March 11th, 2010 4:32 pm

    Gee, Ked (named after a shoe?),

    I don’t know who’s idiot-er, your neighbor or your stereotyping all Texans based on your bias and hypocrisy.

    Maybe you’re just a bad neighbor and they do this to rile that inner hick in you for a chuckle at the dinner table.

    Maybe you’re just bitter.

    Than again, with a name like yours, I think I might be bitter, too.

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  8. G D Hanson on March 12th, 2010 7:22 pm

    Happily Alaska rejected the Federal Socialist dictators as they had unreasonable mandates tied to the money. Alaskans and their children will retain more of their freedoms instead of aiding the marxists in their attempt to destroy our Constitution.

  9. Jay Phillips on March 20th, 2010 12:49 am

    Ked says, “My guess is that if Texas broke away, Mexico would invade the next day and reclaim what is rightfully theirs.”
    Why risk bloodshed? La Razza ‘s goals are to take it “all” ( New Mexico,all the way to middle Colorado), without firing a shot. So your “guess” is almost reality already. The Federal Government has done a fine job in preventing this so called invasion.

    Oh, does the picture of Jesus et. all suggest that any inclusion of creation theory is a step towards idiocy? Historically, American textbooks mysteriously changed the theory of evolution to scientific fact over time. A theory is still just a theory. Why the panic?

  10. Jeremy on March 22nd, 2010 11:38 am

    Sadly there are a lot of people in Texas who aren’t conservative. I’m proud to be Texan, but not pround of the conservatives who run it.

  11. Steve Kenrick on February 21st, 2011 3:29 pm

    Alaska did not sign off on the national standards because we have a strong flexible standards of our own that address the diversity of our state. Many of our schools have started using the standards based level system in place of graded education so we can teach students at their development level. From what I have seen in the news we aren’t even close to the bottom and improving everyday. When are we going to learn that one size fits all just does not work?

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