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Texas Rethinking Its Testing, Curriculum Standards

The federal No Child Left Behind law was born in Texas, and billionaire Ross Perot first rallied big business to support tougher standardized testing and high school graduation standards here nearly three decades ago.

But the state now appears ready to step back from the strenuous accountability policies it has long been a national leader in championing, amid fears that youngsters are being forced to take too many high-stakes tests and that too many might drop out because of higher expectations. A number of other states are also considering pulling back.

The Texas House has approved 145-2 an education overhaul that cuts the number of high school standardized tests in core subjects from 15 to five. It also creates a base high school diploma that doesn't require Algebra II or high-level math and science courses. A similar bill is pending in the Senate.

"Parents, students, business groups, professional education administrators, school boards, everybody's onboard with this," said the House measure's sponsor, Republican Jimmie Don Aycock, chairman of the chamber's Public Education Committee.

In particular, algebra II should no longer be treated as the "holy grail" of education, said Republican Sen. Dan Patrick, chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

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Academically rigorous classes distract from indoctrination

How can they do their community service if they're doing homework? How can they enthusiastically sing "yes we can with Obama" if they're fretting about an upcoming exam? The purpose of public school is to produce obedient subjects and competent workers, while decent education is for the rich who can afford to keep their kids out of the public schools.

Many/most Republicans are on board with dumbing down school so it can concentrate on indoctrination. Neo-con and liberal activists and politicians are finding common ground where they can agree to zero tolerance, statism, gun control, bashing and trashing the Constitution and hating individual liberty.

It's not the testing that's gone too far, it's the dumbing down which has gone too far. U.S. schools shouldn't be adopting "Common Core" and testing against other schools using Common Core, they should be testing and comparing themselves to students around the world. Common Core is an excuse to dramatically lower standards, such as in my state, Massachusetts.

Take back the GOP and Restore America Now.

Not only that

but common core ignores the talents, drive, and uniqueness of a student. One kid who is terrible at math may find interest in biology and nature and become a farmer or vet, the other may love to read and become a writer. If public education is to exist it should seek to nurture the child's natural abilities and not assign priority via testing on the subjects deemed most important.