Kentucky’s social studies standards – Now you can (and should) weigh in

To be sure, there has already been considerable controversy about attempts to revise Kentucky’s public school social studies course standards. The squabble started in the Kentucky Board of Education’s October 7, 2014 meeting when a proposed revision to the social studies standards was severely criticized by Kentucky’s History Teacher of the Year, Donnie Wilkerson. Wilkerson…

Kentucky Tonight Follow-Up – How do Kentucky’s taxpayers really perform for education?

I was pleased to participate in a recent Kentucky Tonight broadcast on KET along with Kentucky Senator Mike Wilson, Kentucky Representative Derrick Graham, incumbent head of the Prichard Committee Brigitte Blom Ramsey and guest show host Renee Shaw (show online here). We had a lively discussion about many education issues that are likely to come…

It’s Official: The Feds Will Collect Psycho-Social Data On Your Child

The Federalist has a major article out about US Government plans to go well beyond academic testing of the country’s children. It’s a very disturbing thought-provoker. Apparently, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, often called the Nation’s Report Card or the NAEP, will be one collection vehicle for this new material even though the article…

Do Kentuckians really overwhelmingly support the Common Core State Standards?

The Kentucky Department of Education started something called the Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge about 10 months ago. The Challenge was supposed to collect comments from the public about the Kentucky standards, which are basically just cut-and-paste adoptions of the Common Core State Standards. Now the department has issued News Release 15-066 with the title, “KENTUCKIANS…