Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt is the states tea party enemy of Common Core. He gets his idea's and "dark" orders from ALEC (see the pictures). Common Core is a threat to privatizing schools, since any show of improvement could leave failing vouchers schools in the dust (if we buy into the idea that U.S. schools are failing, which I believe is another GOP exaggeration).
Here and Now asked Thiesfeldt about comments he made in an editorial that "innocently" went something like this:
"National standards create a unified launching pad which makes it easier to indoctrinate students in the beliefs of the educational industrial complex."Thiesfeldt's ridiculous explanation: "...it could be a positive or a negative....We've been seeing what I believe is an increase in stories of 'objectionable lessons.'" That kind of rules out the "positive" kind of indoctrination:
Thiesfeldt isn't the only one doing the bidding of ALEC. On the Senate side ALEC is well represented:
jsonline: A state Senate committee is also reviewing the Common Core. National treasurer for the American Legislative Exchange Counsel (ALEC), State Senator Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa), a member of that committee, called for repealing the Common Core and establishing legislative oversight of academic standards.
And the kind of "local control" Republicans legislators are talking about? Don't look to the districts:
Sen. Paul Farrow (R-Village of Pewaukee), who chairs the Senate committee, issued a report Wednesday that said the committee would consider whether the state should establish a board to review English, math, social studies and science standards every six years.You'd think the State Superintendent of Public Instruction would have those duties...he does?