Q: My charter school is following the State Board’s training and change over to the new Utah Core Standards. [These are new math and language arts standards based on the Common Core State Standards the Board adopted in August 2010] I personally think the Common Core is a Communist plot (same root words). Do I have to teach the new Utah Core Standards? —Educator Against the Core
Do I have to teach the new Utah Core Standards?
A: Yes. You are a charter school employee and a public employee. You have a strong directive to teach what your employer directs you to teach. USOE has created a pamphlet about the Core Standards which might be helpful and debunk the anxiety of it being a Communist conspiracy—it is not. [Link: http://www.schools.utah.gov/core/DOCS/coreStandardsPamphlet.aspx] On April 26, 2012 the State Board of Education hosted a public forum and an archive of the event will be made available on the USOE Website. A response to the comments and questions raised during the forum will also be posted on the website.
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