Dr. Dan Vincent, assistant professor of elementary education at the University of Central Oklahoma, has written a rebuttal to Rep. Jason Nelson’s critique of the new Oklahoma Academic Standards, which are scheduled for a legislative vote on Monday.
Vincent describes the standards creation and review process, and also questions certain legislators use of academic reviews at this late hour, particularly considering how frequently our state has ignored such research.
Careful, Your Standards are Showing
EACH AND EVERY COMMENT is reviewed and discussed. Ultimately the committee makes a decision they think is best. Again, these are Oklahomans making these decisions. Not everyone will be happy. But we know these standards will be reviewed and revised every few years so they will improve.
Now there are some in elected office who feel the process wasn’t thorough enough or that the standards are not good enough (hence HJR 1070, HJR 1071, SJR 75). They have read reviews from academics in our state (OU) or from other states and are taking that feedback seriously. I applaud any lawmaker who would seriously consider input from academics in our state (or other states). But let’s consider what our state has done over the past several years with our educational policy with input from academics.
For the record, Vincent also served as a science teacher in Jenks Public Schools for seven years.