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Erasing candidate's standards

7/15/2014

Erasing candidate's standards

Erasing candidate's standards

It's normal for a political candidate to ignore a question she doesn't want to answer. What's not acceptable is erasing a question so she can pretend it never was asked.

Meg Wilson of Hoisington wants to represent us on the Kansas State Board of Education. The polite and relevant question, "Would you support retaining the Next Generation Science Standards for students in Kansas?" was posted twice on her campaign's Facebook page. With the second round of the Kansas evolution conflict eight years in the past, it's easy to forget there still are people who don't want accurate science taught in our public schools. That's why it's important for voters to know Wilson's answer to the question.

She, or someone working on her behalf, deleted the question both times.

Wilson was co-chairwoman of the committee that wrote the "Kansas Social, Emotional and Character Development Model Standards." These standards don't imply unwarranted censorship is socially acceptable, emotionally mature or an example of good character.

In 2012, Wilson -- in leading this committee -- cited the Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards as "powerful and important work." Indeed, they're the primary reference listed as having informed the character education standards. Apparently Common Core was fine for our students back then, but now she wants the standards abolished.

Candidates are only human, and voters can't expect them to be 100-percent perfect any more than we ourselves can be perfect. But when it comes to making big decisions about educating Kansas' kids, voters should absolutely question Wilson's censorship, her reversal on Common Core and her puzzling silence about our science education standards.

Cheryl Shepherd-Adams,

Hays

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