This process is horribly flawed. There is a significant number in my district
concerned with Common Core, and yet this group of 12 unelected individuals are
permitting us to vote for only those candidates who agree to promote Common
Core?? What?? Rather than giving us a choice of an intelligent candidate
willing to take a critical look at the standards, we are going to be given the
option of voting for one of two candidates, both of whom are going to do little
more than parrot back Common Core talking points. Lovely. I agree
with the idea that candidates should be vetted, thus I support the caucus system
where delegates are elected by the people(not appointed by one person) and where
delegates vet candidates based on a platform that was also voted on. If we want
true diversity of opinion, then we need to have candidates who represent the
views of various parties- not candidates hand picked to represent the agenda of
12 people appointed by the governor. I, for one, will not be a part of this
pretense of democracy- I will write in the name of an eliminated candidate who
represents my views if I have to.
Talk about group think....they send forward the names of those that agree with
their views on education. We need diversity in the Board so that there is
healthy discussion when new issues are considered. Screen for intelligent
people with a vision but also consider a variety of people with different
visions, different opinions. We don't need more of the same. What we need
is a group that can come up with alternative ideas and a group that can have a
An increase in pay would be great, but mostly, teachers quit because they are
Wow! Have the selection standards or performances of current Board members
fallen so low that it's necessary for chairman of the committee to point
out that candidates should be "willing to commit their time" to do the
job. It sounds like they're hiring teenagers for a paper route. "We
expect you do the route every day. This isn't something you can just blow
off if you feel like hanging out with your friends at the mall."If the pinnacle of your philosophy as a selection committee member is the idea
that Board members should actually spend time doing their jobs and be "team
players," I would suggest that you haven't spent much time doing your
job. The chairman's comments are inane and vapid. I pray the D-News made
an editing error and had the bad judgment to pick out a few out-of-context
quotes that really don't reflect the chairman's best thinking on this
subject. Otherwise, our kids are in trouble.
I don't know everything about Common Core. I do know that many thoughtful
and reasonable parents who aren't particularly politically active are very
upset about it. If the School Board's attitude towards them is really as
dismissive as the article indicates, that's very disappointing and tells me
a lot about the School Board. Curiously, the School Board's
website contains a lot of errors and misleading information about Common Core.
The website claims the "standards do not tie Utah to any federal programs,
grants, or assessment systems, and the Utah State Board of Education is free to
change the Utah Core Standards at any time." Well, not exactly.
Utah's waiver to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) program is contingent on
adoption of Common Core. And Utah isn't free to abandon or change the
standards at any time. The standards are licensed by private entities that
stipulate the states can only change the standards by adding up to 15 percent
more standards. Indiana has backed out of Common Core and is now having its
NCLB waiver questioned by the U.S. Department of Education.
A government which operates education will control it's people.
"Candidates were routinely asked what they would do to help create a
positive atmosphere as the state moves forward with implementation (of Common
Core)." It is not possible to create a positive atmosphere implementing
Common Core, because it is inferior, and most importantly it ends up giving away
control of our children's education to an unelected group in Washington
D.C. A free people cannot give away that freedom and responsibility if they
hope to pass that freedom on to the next generation. Since there are many
people who value this in Utah, they will continue to oppose and fight this.
There is not anything board members can do to create a "positive
atmosphere" and implement CC together. There is no way to "smooth"
giving away that control, though USOE, etc., have been trying. Opposition will
only increase, so that question is a worthless question, unless it is merely
being used to get rid of those who oppose CC as candidates.If you
really want to solve the issue, get candidates who will get Utah OUT of CC.