Don’t Like Common Core, Go Ahead And Leave
Last week, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) hosted “information sessions” throughout the state about the new Common Core State Standards. I noted in my last blog post that citizens showed up to these meetings with questions. DESE officials, on the other hand, showed up with scripts and videos. They were not prepared or willing to field questions. If you do not believe me, check out this video from the meeting in Springfield, Mo.
The parents and community members in the video are polite and respectful as the DESE official drones on and on about the standards. I do not care what setting you are in, this is simply a poor presentation, and it happened this way throughout the state.
When people had enough and wanted to go off script, they were denied and told they could leave.
The DESE rep can be heard saying (emphasis mine):
All these questions need to be asked, but they need to be asked in a thoughtful way. So we can come and ask these questions at the end. What we cannot answer will go to the state department’s website and they will be answered there. . . . If you are unable to follow the way we are going to hold this meeting, you’re welcome to go ahead and leave.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we were allowed to “go ahead and leave” when we do not like other things DESE is doing?
Public schools cannot go ahead and leave Common Core.
And most parents do not have the ability to go ahead and leave public schools.
Essentially, DESE was telling concerned Missourians “It’s my way or the highway,” which is kind of fitting. After all, isn’t that what they are telling us by continually pushing these new standards despite mounting concern?