By Tom Blumer | For Ohio Watchdog
The effort to keep “Common Core” out ofOhio’s schools hasn’t suddenly appeared.
That’s certainly what one would think if he relied solely on Catherine Candisky’s Aug. 1 story in the Columbus Dispatch about a bill in the Ohio Legislature to repeal it.
One would also believe, based on Candisky’s presumptive contention that Common Core represents “more-rigorous curriculum guidelines championed by governors and education leaders,” that legislators attempting repeal are standing in the way of improved student performance.
Neither “core” assertion could be further from the truth.
The organized Buckeye State backlash against Common Core has been brewing for more than a year, has grown dramatically this year and is part of a growing nationwide movement.
Contrary to lazy establishment media coverage like that seen in the Dispatch, Common Core is about far more than “curriculum guidelines.” It’s ultimately about who controls the nation’s schools, and perhaps even children’s lives.