OUR OPINION: Education forum spotlights ‘core

By NEMS Daily Journal

One of the United States’ most informed leaders in the quest for schools of international excellence, Willard Daggett, speaks tonight at the BancorpSouth Arena in an important presentation about the Common Core State Standards, a nationwide movement for better schools and more successful students, in which Mississippi is a participant.
The Forum on the Future of Education: Preparing Students for the 21st Century, is free and open to all – parents, students, teachers, trustees, administrators and all others who are interested in mastering significantly higher demands coming in 2014. All school supporters are welcome, but the public school constituents of the PUL Alliance counties especially are encouraged to attend because the Toyota Endowment is held in trust for their long-term benefit.
Funding from the Toyota Education Enhancement Endowment Fund at CREATE Foundation underwrites the forum, which will run from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.. The expectation is a clear, factual case for the Common Core, and why it will demand more from everyone involved in education – and probably initially cause some school ratings to drop.
The Common Core, conceived by the bipartisan National Governors Association and chief state school officers almost everywhere, counts among its endorsers former Gov. Haley Barbour, who was present at its creation.
The Common Core, which will require additional proven, applied knowledge, represents what’s described as a “fundamental shift” in what’s taught and how it’s taught.
Daggett’s presentation will lay out why the changes are being made, the impact they will have on curriculum and instruction, and ways that improving schools develop, using a blue print to successfully meet challenges.
Daggett has worked with states, nations, hundreds of school districts, and leading private institutions, like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to set schools and students on a track for unprecedented, useful knowledge and achievement.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is state-led effort and coordinated by the NGA’s Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
All with an interest in changing Mississippi’s schools from under-achievement to top achievement should attend tonight’s forum.
The website, http://www.corestandards.org/, has more information.