Dr. Everett Piper, President of the Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is quite the engaging speaker. At a recent Common Core event in Edmond, Oklahoma, Piper lamented that the Common Core State Standards were “common” and that a true liberal arts education has no place for “common”. Academic freedom (and religious freedom) go hand in hand in a society where liberty is cherished. Piper states, “Ideas have consequences” and that “Ideas matter.”
Dr. Piper is the author of “Why I’m a Liberal and Other Conservative Ideas”.
Governor Pence withdrew the state of Indiana from PARCC (Parnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) on Monday. PARCC is one of two test consortiums that would measure student success for the Common Core Standards. The other consortia is the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia). Several states have now withdrawn from PARCC. Only two states remain in the system, New York and Florida.
“On Monday, July 29, 2013, Governor Pence sent a letter to Governing Board Chair, Mitchell Chester of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), informing him of Indiana’s choice to withdraw from the Common Core program. PARCC supports the Common Core Standards that measures student success in school. Pence stated that, “Indiana’s educational standards must be rigorous, enable college and career readiness, and align with post-secondary educational expectations to best prepare our children to compete with their national and global peers,” and that “assessments must also align with these high standards.” Hoosiers have expressed concerns about the value of Common Core Standards for months and Pence’s announcement, for many, was a welcome song.”