new yearHappy New Year!

I have great hopes for this year, but then again I tend to be an optimist.  Today, I plan to take one last day to watch parades and bowls, and recharge my batteries for the work ahead, for there is still much to be done. 2014 will be the year that common core becomes official, or doesn’t.  Missouri joins 23 other states fighting back against the centralized structure that progressives are trying to impose on our eduction system. Success is certainly no slam dunk for them.

No matter what they try to rename the standards, no matter how much they try to tell parents that they are gone, parents will know if they are still using them. They will feel the cage of the entire initiative. Much as you can’t  legislate against natural law (you can’t make it illegal to breathe out carbon dioxide, though there are some who’d like to try) you can’t make people like this package of education reform.

The mere fact that so many Americans, especially dads, are awake and paying attention to education for the first time in a long time, gives me tremendous hope that they will not be able to close the lock on the cage door.


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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