Just hours after teachers left the state capitol on Tuesday, standards opponents suddenly swooped onto the virtual scene, covering every surface like a swarm of stinky ladybugs searching for a cave. Some of us here at OEJ felt a little whip-lashed. Where were these people during the entire year that the Oklahoma State department of Education has worked with Oklahoma education professionals to write these standards?!
Apparently, some of these weren’t even reading the standards. The others were promoting their own standards and books, and some others were busy polishing their ties to ALEC.
Read retired educator Claudia Swisher’s analysis and interpretation of the events from the past couple of days:
“A ROPE by Any Other Name…”
In preparation for presenting Standards to the legislature, OSDE assembled evidence of rigor, documented the differences between Standards and CCSS, collected letters of support from OTHER experts, and generally worked in a professional manner to give legislators all the information they would need to understand a complicated process that is outside their realm of expertise. Their presentation took place on the first day of the new Session…they were ready to go.