Indiana faces a choice about whether it will give children the best academic goals we know are available or follow the crowd and give them the most common goals available.
Despite Superintendent Glenda Ritz’s wishy-washy statements to lawmakers, there can be no equivocation: Indiana’s previous state standards for English and math curriculum and tests are objectively better than the national Common Core standards it adopted in 2010.
Even Common Core proponents acknowledge this. The Fordham Institute’s review of state standards in 2010 said, “Indiana’s (English) standards are clearer, more thorough, and easier to read than the Common Core standards … (Indiana’s math standards) are considerably easier to read and follow than Common Core.” The report gave Indiana’s standards an A in both subjects, while rating Common Core an A-minus in math and B-plus in English.
These conclusions are all the more striking because the Fordham Institute has received $6.7 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the biggest financial backer of Common Core to the tune of some $250 million.
Common Core supporters and creators routinely acknowledge that other states, such as Massachusetts and California, had better independent standards. Set aside all other concerns for a moment and consider the ultimate question: Why would we ever give children anything but the best we can find? …