In February 2009 Governor Nixon said Missouri had an “outstanding” public education system. So why did he sign us on to unwritten common core standards just four months later? He said there was “no doubt” that education was a state and local responsibility, so why was he ok with assigning responsibility for our educational standards over to a private trade association who gave us copyrighted standards?

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Anne Gassel

Anne has been writing on MEW since 2012 and has been a citizen lobbyist on Common Core since 2013. Some day she would like to see a national Hippocratic oath for educators “I will remember that there is an art to teaching as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy and understanding are sometimes more important than policy or what the data say. My first priority is to do no harm to the children entrusted to my temporary care.”

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