April 28 2016
Several days ago, while trying to sift through my emails (most of you know what I’m talking about), I came across this important document written by Donna Garner in 2015. She had forwarded it this month to people on her email list.
In this informative, historical account, Donna Garner shares some of her first-hand knowledge about how we got into the education mess we are in. She includes some relatively recent history leading up to Common Core.
“Donna Garner: “My Story As I Lived It –Hillary Clinton and the Birthplace of Common Core — 1.9.15
“My Story As I Lived It in the Classroom: The Birthplace of Common Core” By Donna Garner.
This is taken from my memory as I lived through this era as a classroom teacher.
As you may know, I started teaching in 1963, left teaching to have children and stayed home with them for 10 years, then went back to the classroom as a substitute teacher and then a full-time teacher around 1975.
I was appointed by President Ronald Reagan and re-appointed by President George Herbert Bush to serve on the National Commission on Migrant Education; and then I served on the TEKS writing team in 1995-97. I was the lead writer of the Type #1 Texas Alternative Document – TAD – that we current classroom teachers wrote as an alternative to the Type #2 ELAR/TEKS. After the Type #2 ELAR/TEKS ended up being adopted by the SBOE [State Board or Educaiton] in 1997, I worked tirelessly in the background to help elect new SBOE members and then to help them write and adopt the Type #1 TEKS starting in 2006 through 2012.