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Letter: Common Core will lower Wisconsin education standards

Common Core will lower Wis. standards

10:47 PM, Sep. 18, 2013  |  Comments
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EDITOR: Wisconsin has a phenomenal quality of education available without implementing the Common Core State Standards Initiative. One indication: Wisconsin scores on the ACT are above the national average.

Common Core is a federal educational program for K-12, private and public. Wisconsin is first implementing 20 percent of it this school year and 100 percent next school year. Common Core was adopted by 45 states. However, many are abandoning it as parents, educators and administrators realize the effects. As of July 2013, states including Alabama, Utah, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Georgia had withdrawn.

Mathematician James Milgram testified before the Texas Legislature that the initiative is, "in large measure a political document that, in spite of a number of real strengths, is written at a very low level." Sandra Stotsky, professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas, also rejected Common Core, saying that the standards are designed to have the effect of raising the performance of those at the bottom of the academic scale at the expense of the academically talented. This means Nevada standards (with the lowest graduation rate) will be raised and Wisconsin standards (with the second-highest graduation rates) will be lowered to equalize our education system. Stotsky wrote that Common will have a "devastating impact on literary study and analytical thinking."

Want to learn more about Common Core? Email education researcher Mary Carney at marypcarney@yahoo.com and invite her to speak at your function. Our children are at stake.

Call, write, or email your Wisconsin state representatives and Gov. Scott Walker. Tell them you're in favor retaining our traditional state education standards and that you do not want Common Core State Standards Initiative in Wisconsin.

Jean Kaiser,

Marshfield

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