We’re not so in tune with the politics of the situation and how it plays on Main Street but we know people in Indiana most likely are going to be happy with this move toward “state” control. While we don’t think the federal government has many solutions, we caution states to understand that our children no longer are competing academically on a local stage or even national scale. Their competition is world wide. And as we argue about local standards and setting them ourselves, it might be prudent to check international standards to understand our children’s future competition. It’s especially disturbing that the U.S., once considered to have the best education system in the world, now ranks 35th in the world with regard to academic achievement. We particularly have issues with math and science skills which is disturbing given how technology is driving the world.
Indiana adopts new academic standards
Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 7:06 AM US/eastern
Paul Gable, Editor
After months of questions, debate and waiting, Indiana students and teachers finally have new academic standards.
The State Board of Education gave approval Monday morning to new K-12 education standards.
The board voted 10-1 in favor of the new math and English standards after more than two hours of discussion and testimony.
Board member Andrea Neal was the only person to vote no on the new standards, urging board members to reinstate the 2006 Indiana Standards. She said the English standards proposed were less rigorous than Common Core and previous guidelines and said the math standards were poorly written.