Oxford meeting addresses Core concerns

8Y2Q_djournal_education_school_bus_buses_stockBy Chris Kieffer
Daily Journal

OXFORD – The Mississippi Department of Education’s second information session about the new Common Core State Standards drew the endorsement of a key state senator.

State Education Chairman Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, who attended Tuesday’s meeting at the Oxford Public Library, said afterward that he supports the new standards that have come recently under some criticism across the country.

“It makes a lot of sense for Mississippi to move forward with them,” Tollison said, noting that educators have been working on the transition for three years. “All of the states in the country need to raise expectations so they can also raise accountability.”

Tollison said he expects opposition to the standards during the upcoming legislative session but that he thinks Mississippi’s adoption of them will remain in place.

That comes after the Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition has made statements questioning the Common Core and other states have considered discarding them. Much of the criticism has been tied to President Barack Obama’s embrace of them.

The Obama administration did not have any role in their creation, however, interim state Superintendent Lynn House said during her presentation on Tuesday.

Instead, she said, the effort began with discussions by the Council of Chief State School Officers in 2007, before Obama was elected. They were developed by teachers and content experts with the blessing of the CCSSO and the National

Governor’s Association and were adopted by 45 states, including Mississippi.

The idea, House said, was to ensure that students from the United States would be more competitive internationally. Mississippi schools have begun implementing the new standards, and students will be tested on them next year.

They are designed to encourage more critical thinking and real-world problem-solving. House presented examples of questions on the new test.

“If we want to continue to improve, we have to raise the bar,” she said.

Tuesday’s forum was the second of a series of eight such events the department will hold across the state to provide more information about the new standards. It drew a crowd of 95.


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  • vickir1kingskid

    I can tell the Daily Journal that the Senators involved in the Conservative Coalition are NOT the only ones concerned about Common Core!!! MANY parents and grandparents who are finding out about it AFTER THE FACT, are very upset that it was put in to Mississippi schools with no advance notification to parents or most anyone else who might have wanted to have a say in it! I am researching Common Core and what I am finding is NOT GOOD! Many states including Georgia which had experience with Common Core are now trying to get out of it!! They have good reasons for doing so! And yes, after I posted in our local Grenada Speaks Facebook page, I too was accused of having a problem with it because the President was pushing it. It seems that with this Administration if you have a problem with any of his POLICIES and question them, those on the left feel that it could not possibly be about his POLICIES but must be about race! Good grief people! Our skin color is the LEAST important thing about any of us! God created us all…there is ONE race…the HUMAN RACE with many ethnicities, all of which are precious to Him! Common Core is NOT a good educational program and I am against it because it is bad for our children and it was rushed in giving the state little time to decide and basically blackmailed into accepting it or they would lose some funding. This was done at a time when all states need all of the funding they can get. So what happened? An educational program RUN BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NOT THE STATES was pushed in with no advance warning…..no school board meetings about it….no allowing the public advance notice…..it was done like the government always does things….silently….hidden in the dark….with promises made that will not be kept! It is advertised as a STATE-LED program….that is not true! They pushed that through by linking it to a trade organization in Washington, D.C. called the NGO(National Governors Organization…which there is little corresponding with the Governors on anything by this organization! but they needed to make every state think they had a say in the curriculum! The Governors did NOT get together and help decide this curriculum! As for the other group mentioned, it is pretty inclusive to those with liberal views who think this nation and its children should learn to be “global citizens” and have loyalty to the “global community” leaving little allegiance to the United States of America! I have seen some of the teaching material pushed by Common Core in other states and the Constitution of the United States is treated like any other document with no historical value and no respect owed to it! The coming History lessons with Common Core will show an American History that has little to do with the truth of how this nation was founded! The states have as little as 15% input in this curriculum! The FEDERAL GOVERNMENT has the rest! I don’t know about you but just this last year alone, I think the federal government has proven they aren’t capable of getting much of anything right! So now we are going to hand over our children to them to educate????? This is one grandmother who is NOT! The states have always had the right to make educational decisions about their children….well for a little money many states including Mississippi has sold their children out! But there are parents and grandparents who are learning about Common Core and we will have a VOICE! I applaud each Senator who sent this letter and asked these questions! THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN ASKED BEFORE THE PROGRAM WAS APPROVED!!! WHERE ARE THE ANSWERS???? IF this program is so good, why wasn’t there meetings BEFORE it was adopted? Why weren’t parents and school leaders and teachers brought into meetings and allowed to be part of it? WHY were the information meetings scheduled AFTER it was already adopted???? I encourage every parent, grandparent, teacher, elected official and citizen of Mississippi to do YOUR OWN RESEARCH of Common Core. Start with the Common Core website where you will read how wonderful it is and how the federal government has absolutely NOTHING to do with it….and then move on to other sites that start asking questions about the validity of the website that is PUSHING the AGENDA! Go to ParentLed Reform FB page and website and click on some of the links on there. Watch the videos from Georgia educators and parents who are desperately trying to get it out of their state now after having it! DON’T JUST ACCEPT WHAT THE STATE IS SAYING< WHAT THIS ARTICLE SAID, WHAT I HAVE SAID AND FOR SURE WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS SAYING. RESEARCH IT FOR YOURSELVES!!! IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO GET IT OUT!!! Where No Child left Behind took steps into the decision making over our children (which I did not agree with and did contact elected officials and the President over) Common CORE TAKES GIANT LEAPS into taking away states' rights and parents rights AND teachers rights!


    MS Vickir1kinskid: Following my comment are a few of the specific Common Core Standards in History that I’m guessing you disagree with. I’m actually happy to see these historical documents (yes they are documents) central to the organization and foundation of the USA are ‘required reading’ and are being discussed in context in school. We certainly didn’t do that when I went to school in MS

    Grades 9-10

    9. Analyze seminal U.S. documents of historical and literary
    significance (e.g., Washington’s Farewell Address, the Gettysburg
    Address, Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech, King’s “Letter from
    Birmingham Jail”), including how they address related themes and

    Grades 11-12

    8. Delineate and evaluate the reasoning in seminal U.S. texts,
    including the application of constitutional principles and use of legal
    reasoning (e.g., in U.S. Supreme Court majority opinions and dissents)
    and the premises, purposes, and arguments in works of public advocacy
    (e.g., The Federalist, presidential addresses).

    9. Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century
    foundational U.S. documents of historical and literary significance
    (including The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the
    Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural
    Address) for their themes, purposes, and rhetorical features.