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Beck’s Common Core Boogeyman

Idaho's education reform task force has been swamped by dozens of people challenging the new Common Core academic standards. As the task force held hearings across the state, these critics described all kinds of bogeymen lurking there. Inspired by right-wing talk show host Glenn Beck, they linked the standards to communist indoctrination, a nefarious assault on Idaho's sovereignty and a dumbing down of Idaho schools. Sound familiar? You've heard it before. A generation earlier, Idaho educators and political leaders engaged in what was then called Goals 2000. Critics stopped it cold. But here's the problem: Without some kind of national standard in place, people in Idaho work in comparative isolation/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you listen to Glenn Beck?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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