One of These Things Is Just Like The Other

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I’m sooooo tired of educrats trying to pull the wool over the eyes of its citizenry. Example #9,156,999 comes out of Montana.

From the Billings Gazette:

When Montana education officials proposed new science standards Thursday, they emphasized the standards’ local roots.

“They are truly Montana’s science standards,” said Jael Prezeau, the Office of Public Instruction director of content standards and instruction.

The standards also bear a striking resemblance to Next Generation Science Standards, which were developed by a 26-state group in 2013. The proposed standards, which the Board of Public Education signed off on, are endorsed by many education and industry groups, including ExxonMobil, and are praised for being more rigorous and encouraging more critical thinking.

They have also been controversial, particularly for linking climate change to human activity and for explicitly addressing evolution.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau emphasized that committees who wrote the standards reviewed examples from 17 states; she never actually used the phrase “Next Generation Science Standards” during repeated questioning about the relationship with the proposed standards.

“That was one of the resources that they looked at,” she said. “There was tons of opportunity for people to have input into this. At the end of the day, whatever the draft looks like, that’s what it reflects.”

I *love* it when states say standards are local because they were reviewed prior to plagiarizing them. Montana joins the parade of states who decided to double down on stupid and adopt or plagiarize all or part of the Next Generation Science Standards which even a number of Common Core advocates hate.

As far as “reviews” go I’ve yet to see a state change course after doing one of those.