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25 March 2014 @ 11:11 am
veiled threats  
Thanks to Stephanie Uptergrove White for this link to an article in which a Boeing executive admonishes critics of CCSS and basically uses his bully pulpit to insinuate that if CCSS is banished, the state will lose his business. Read all about it here: http://newsok.com/article/3945676.

Here is the final quote from the article: "Slowing down or going back on these standards sends a strong message to the businesses of this state that we just aren’t that serious about improving education. For our presence in Oklahoma to continue to grow, it’s a necessity for us to find talent locally and to bring employees from outside. The repeal of Common Core tells families that we aren’t committed to continuing the hard work of education reform — and that by moving here, the quality of their children’s education is in jeopardy."

Wow. I would love to know how this executive came to such a conclusion, wouldn't you? How can someone who works in a field outside of education possibly know that CCSS is the ONLY path to success in HIS industry? Apparently he made it to Boeing without CCSS. How did that happen, I wonder? For that matter, how did Gates, Coleman, Rhee, and the other critics reach the level of success they claim? Apparently the pre-CCSS was sufficient for them. Why not for the next generation?

I am tired of these veiled (and not really well-veiled) threats. They differ little from the doomsday scenarios we hear from Secretary Duncan when talking about how we stack up internationally. These are just more examples of the first post of the day: piling on. I wonder if we are seeing stakes being raised because some states are stepping back from CCSS or at least its high stakes testing demands?

If there is not already a talent pool in the state where you have decided to settle your business operations, why are you there in the first place? Did Boeing relocate to this state this year or have they been there pre-CCSS? These are rhetorical questions. Most of us know the answers. Companies move into states when they are given breaks, many times there are tax breaks. New York has been advertising on TV lately telling companies they can come and set up business and pay no taxes. Well, isn't that a lovely deal? Move on in, but do not support the local economy or the local schools for that matter. This unsettles me, too.

So, Mr. Boeing Executive, let's get down the brass tacks: Why is CCSS better for your business? Which standards will ensure high school grads can come and work for you now (as opposed to a few years ago)? Enumerate for me the individual standards that need to be in place to assure you that students will be well-educated? What if they do not want to work for you? Could a high school graduate find success in your company beyond entry level? I have loads of questions. I might start with this one: do you have children in the schools?
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