A while ago, I gave Ohio kudos for ditching the shitty Common Core standards* and adopting Massachusetts’ standards, based on the notion that we should adopt standards used by one of the best education systems in the world, rather than reinvent the wheel (and that wheel is looking kinda square…). By way of Josh Rosenau, we learn that education reformers have forced a Faustian bargain on the parents of Ohio:
As NCSE previously reported, HB 597, aimed primarily at eliminating Common Core, also contained a provision requiring the state’s science standards to “prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another.” A sponsor of the bill, Andy Thompson (R-District 95), explained that local school districts would be allowed to teach creationism along with evolution and global warming denial alongside climate science.
Basically, sane Ohioans are forced to choose between creationism and shitty math and reading standards–which is really no choice at all.
Once again, education reformers do not care about education: if they did, they would decry creationism in the classroom. But they never do. It’s a low bar, but not incorporating sectarian dogma into a science curriculum should be something reformers and the rest of us should agree on.
One might conclude they have an agenda other than the children’s best interest. But I digress.
The second worst thing about this situation (the worst thing is the damn choice) is that it stems from a misdiagnosis of our problems: our educational system is not in crisis. We have problems: racial and economic disparities, as well as the State-To-State Differences That Shall Not Be Mentioned™. A good national set of standards, based on stuff that works in the U.S. (Mass- cough -achusetts), would help (though not as much as increasing the welfare of our children). But for reasons I don’t understand, there was a need to create something new, rather than build on what worked. It should have come as no surprise when the backlash arrived.
And now the children of Ohio will pay the price, one way or another.
*It’s a curriculum in all but name.