As Texas Schools Receive a Historic Influx of Interstate Students, This Blogger Wonders Whether Rejecting the Common Core is a Good Idea
By Cameron Pipkin
God bless Texas! I’ve never been, but it seems like that everyone in the world is moving there these days, doesn’t it?
Come to find out, they are.
In 2008, after conducting extensive research on growth in Texas, researcher James P. Gaines predicted that, “Events and circumstances point toward a Texas-sized boom between 2005 and 2030…the Lone Star State is being ‘discovered’ by the rest of the country because of its affordable housing, lower cost of living and cost of business, greater employment opportunities and appealing lifestyle.”
So far, Gaines’ forecasts have proven prescient. The 2010 census showed that Texas has grown more than any other state in the union by a wide margin, with no signs of significant slowing.
And while it’s true that a lot of Texas’ population boom is coming from immigration south of the border, growth has continued during the recession while immigration slowed down considerably.
What this means is that Hispanic immigrants aren’t the only population contributing to Texas’ boom. Americans from every state are moving there in droves.
Of course, this is going to have a major impact on every aspect of life in Texas, from housing, to income, and, most pressing to this blogger, education.
Specifically, I’m concerned about Texas’ outright rejection of the Common Core Standards. While the Texas Classroom Teachers Association claims to have opposed the Common Core because their current state standards are just plain superior, voices outside of education give entirely different reasons—Rick Perry and others in the state claim that the rejection was primarily designed to thwart a big government take-over of education.
Regardless the reason, it strikes me as counterproductive that at a time when Texas schools will be receiving more out-of-state students than ever (we’re talking millions), the state decides to reject a measure that would make inter-state transition far easier than it will otherwise be.
Is this really in Texas’ best interest?
I’d love get your thoughts. Any Texas educators or aficionados out there? Is the Lone Star State on the right track?