Business executive - greatest intersts are volunteering. especialy in the srea of education.
It has been 30 years since a blue ribbon panel issued a report declaring that the U.S. is a "nation at risk". Our education system was not keeping up with the needs of employers and we were not properly preparing our children for careers, college and citizenship as we headed toward the 21st century.
This led to the creation of the Maine Learning Results Task Force put together by the State Board of Education, a panel I chaired at the time it became law. Those wishing to elimnate standards, want to return to "local control". And what is that?? Before MLR and Common Core, it was possible to get a diploma in one district that required 1 math course in 4 years. Every district had its own deal for students. At the time, the quality of a diploma was directly related to your zip code. Sorry, that is a crime for any student not fully challenged academically.
Post MLR and Common Core, we have a far better idea of the skills a student will get during his or her public education. We have aligned what we know we need at high school graduation with the journey through all grades. The Common Core is not something from the evil Feds but the result of many states pooling their best thinking for the benefit of all students - all students.
The fact is the world is changing and it requires rigor and depth of knowledge. We must have skills that allow all of us to think and work creatively. I am not a fan of NCLB. It was well intended and Congress realizes that this was misguided.
It is easier to look at education through a narrow lens but it is a very complicated and requires all of us (the community) to give the best for all of our children. Our future depends upon it.
I wouldn't get within 10 feel of any petition that undoes the hard work of educators and community members. We can't afford to go back!