He also invited all Kentuckians to dig deeper than simply echoing current right-wing political rhetoric and offer changes or provide specific tweaks to the standards which have now been operating in the state for 5 years.
With Kentucky House Education Chair Derek Graham and representatives from a number of education groups present Holliday challenged educational professionals to read the standards, consider whether the standards are placed at the appropriate grade levels, edit them, and let KDE know if they have missed any standards, all for the purpose of helping each of our children continue down the road to college- and career-readiness.
The Commissioner remarked that nationally "common core standards" has been made a polarizing term such that political opinions have taken control over the standards themselves. He called for Kentucky to demonstrate its leadership - not by being for or against common core - but by focusing on what our children should know and be able to do to be ready for college and life.
He expressed his sincere hope that the greatest number of people accepting the challenge will be teachers, parents and college educators. He suggested small group meetings and parent feedback parties. He suggested that folks should get together and give a few comments back if you have concerns. And also let us know if you don't have concerns. We need to know both positions."But don't tell us its a communist conspiracy to take over our kids," he said, "tell us how to fix them."
The website will be open through April 30th. The commissioner will report the results of the challenge publicly, and take revisions to the Kentucky Board of Education and then to the General Assembly.
"It is a process that I hope will change the conversation," Holliday said.