If Representative Kurt Bahr (R-St. Charles) has his way, Common Core standards will not be coming to Missouri.
As it stands now, these Common Core state standards are supposed to be implemented in Missouri next school year. They are nationwide math and English standards that are adopted by 45 states. The state approved the adoption of the standards back in 2010.
Bahr’s legislation in the Missouri House of Representatives will stop the implementation of these standards. His bill is HB1490.
In late February, his bill made it out of its first House committee, and the bill then flew through the House Rules Committee in early March. It’s now trudging through the House, waiting on that final vote of approval before moving on to the Missouri Senate, and then hopefully being signed by the governor.
Some people may think the bill is moving too slowly, but I think the pace is just fine. Most of the state’s legislation doesn’t pass through both chambers of the Missouri Legislature until May, anyway, which means there is still plenty of time!
As a teacher, I am thrilled that this bill is pushing its way through the Missouri Legislature. The standards were never approved by the Missouri Legislative in the first place. This wasn’t technically illegal, but it sure would have been appropriate and made Missouri look more transparent!
Beyond that, I don’t think Missouri schools should have to follow a national model. What works in New England may not be as appropriate for Missouri. We need to have more local control. This is what the founding fathers wanted- not national standards.
In a St. Louis Post Dispatch article, Rep. Bahr said the Common Core standards were an “education experiment,” and he’s completely right! Common Core really switches up some things up with curriculum and instruction, and who knows if it will actually be better or not? The standards are not yet proven to be successful.
Plus, who wants to spend a fortune to implement untested and unproven standards? That doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.
Missouri’s Grade Level Expectations and Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test may not have been perfect, but at least these things were controlled locally and could be changed as needed.
Beyond that, with Common Core, teachers will even more so have to teach students how to pass a huge national test as opposed to simply teaching them how to learn. If that doesn’t make you feel sick, it should. Students need to learn about reading, writing, math, and life. They shouldn’t have to sit in class to learn how to take monotonous, ridiculous tests!
We teachers already had to “teach the test” to an extent for the MAP test. Things will be way, way worse for Common Core. Trust me on that!
Don’t get me wrong; I am all for revamping Missouri’s standards, but this needs to be done on the state level. Bigger isn’t always better, folks.
I wish the best of luck to Rep. Bahr! This bill needs to pass in Missouri.