What happens in each state reminds us that we are all connected. Politicians vie for elected positions and education school officials take advantageous stands. To be for or against Common Core State Standards is ever-changing. How much of this depends on who makes decisions? Is it a Governor who hopes to become President of the United States? Is it a State School Superintendent or is it we, the people…and who are “we.” Are we ever the same? What perhaps is predictable is that there will be conflict. People who say that what we do is for the children may wish to bear witness to what becomes of that claim.
In Louisiana we have what may be seen as example. Governor Bobby Jindal and State School Superintendent bicker. Jindal began the current battle by declaring he was getting the state out of Common Core, which he himself had once supported. At present, Governor Jindal posits that the standards are deficient. Yesterday, these same standards were efficient; an efficient means for climbing the political ladder. That has not changed. What is different is that now, there is an odd coalition. The Tea Party and teachers unions have come together. The two vehemently and vociferously oppose Common Core State Standards. This is the electorate. Parents and people who care about the future of our children have taken a stand! Politicians desirous of their votes ceded to their demands.
Indiana, Oklahoma and South Carolina legislators have withdrawn their support for what was once a bipartisan agreement. Will Louisiana be the next state to bow out? Well, that all depends. [Consider political positioning and for-profit agendas. Then look into the ring. In one corner we have a Presidential aspirant. In the other we have a School Superintendent who sees Education as a privilege. Who is right and who speaks for the "Right"? There is the question; who speaks for the children?]
Moments after Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) issued an executive order that declared he would empathyeducates – Common Core Battle Escalates: