After Oklahoma teachers worked for a year to create new Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts and math, the house and senate allowed the standards to go into effect by taking no action on them yesterday. Speaker of the House Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, held a press conference that afternoon, announcing the approval, explaining its […]
After much deliberation, consternation, and contacting legislators from both sides of the fence, public education supporters have prevailed. Legislators allowed the two joint resolutions to die, meaning that as of today, the standards have automatically gone into effect. That said, some sources online are saying that they already went into effect on Thursday. Either way, […]
Just when we thought the battle was over, another wave of attackers appear on the horizon. Mid-Del Superintendent Rick Cobb reports that our legislators are being inundated with calls and emails from individuals who oppose our standards. Cobb ponders whether these sudden opponents are even in Oklahoma — but speculates that in light of the […]
Whose opinion should matter? That of the conservative idealogue who has neither attended, nor taught in, Oklahoma public schools, the homeschool proponent who has given up on public education, or all the Oklahoma educators and parents who have participated in the standards writing process as writers or reviewers? Not sure?
In light of the recent escalation in conspiracy theories by the tinfoil hat crowd, which is now claiming that our new Oklahoma Academic Standards are actually Common Core resurrected, we thought it might behoove us all to review exactly how our state ended up with these standards. The vast majority of the information we will […]