Our metaphorical necks are sore from watching the combatants lob their arguments at each other like tennis balls.
First, ROPE lobbed an indictment of the standards over the (inter)net:
Then Mid-Del Superintendent Rick Cobb shot back that it’s a good idea to actually read the standards:
Retired educator and #oklaed advocate Claudia Swisher put public education ahead by a point:
We stepped in and wrote an overview of the standards battle at that point to avoid our own confusion:
But it wasn’t over yet. The Standards opposition team sent in a fresh face: Rep. Jason Nelson:
Educators responded with one their own fresh face: UCO education assistant professor Dan Vincent:
Cobb then stepped back into the battle and sent his argument home:
Not to be outdone, Cobb points out that at least one senator may have a personal stake in the standards battle:
“This is not an indictment of teachers…the process and editing and how these things were assembled broke down at the state Department of Education.” – Sen. Josh Brecheen
Maybe it’s worth noting that Brecheen’s mother worked for the previous state superintendent and was set to lead the standards revision in 2014 when Janet Barresi lost her re-election and the State Board of Education decided to wait. It should also be noted that Brecheen was probably the loudest critic of the suggested titles that came as an Appendix with the Common Core. He’s not going to compliment the SDE – ever.
Did we mention we’re tired. We just want our standards so we can start the process of creating Oklahoma-based lesson plans for our Oklahoma students.
We’ll continue this saga tomorrow…