A political action committee has taken to using stuffed pink unicorns in their efforts to debunk a number of myths concerning Common Core and put an end to legislative efforts to repeal the standards.
Led by the Alliance for Better Classrooms, stuffed pink or white unicorns were offered to Louisiana lawmakers featuring tags that read “Unicorns are not real. And neither are most of the things you’ve heard about Common Core State Standards.” The stuffed animals were handed out during the third day of a two-month session that was expected to feature discussions pertaining to Common Core repeal efforts, writes Will Sentell for The Advocate.
The group argued that Governor Bobby Jindal, who originally supported the standards but now stands in opposition, is guilty of a “dramatic and sensationalized flip-flop.” They added that a campaign of misinformation has led to confusion pertaining to the nature of the overhaul, reports Brock Sues for WBRZ.
“Such an important decision about children’s future shouldn’t be clouded with misconceptions and outright misleading statements,” Dan Juneau, executive director of ABC PAC and former president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, said in a prepared statement. “We owe it to our kids to educate ourselves and realize exactly what Common Core State Standards do,” Juneau added.
Jindal is making the repeal of the standards a top priority, with a number of bills hoping to put an end to the standards pending in the House Education Committee. He referred to the standards as an effort by the Obama administration to nationalize education.
The same committee put an end to several anti-Common Core proposals in 2014.
Used in over 40 states across the nation and public school classrooms throughout Louisiana, almost 320,000 students between the grades of three and eight were tested for the first time on the new standards just last month.
While supporters of the standards argue that they will help to increase student achievement, preparing them for college and the workforce, and making them competitive among students across the world, critics maintain that Common Core encompasses too much federal control over local school issues.
“Common Core is a failure, and giving away unicorns won’t fix its problems. It’s time for the Common Core ideologues to pull the plug on this failed experiment,” Jindal said late Wednesday in a prepared statement.
Plans to review the standards were approved by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education earlier in the week.
Any revisions are asked to be ready for final BESE approval by December 2016.