“During a nearly two-hour discussion of the Common Core educational standards in math and language arts Tuesday night in Salina, guess which words or phrases were most used,” began a Salina Journal article about an event sponsored by the Saline County Democratic Party. The choices were “verb,” “Koch brothers,” “algebra” and “Bill Gates.” The most-mentioned Koch brothers were credited with targeting Common Core, with one speaker claiming they “don’t want children to grow up with critical thinking skills.” In second place was Gates, who was criticized by speaker Walt Chappell of Wichita (a former Kansas State Board of Education member) for donating to pro-Common Core groups so Microsoft could benefit. “If a test requires a touch-screen, where do you get the software to do that? Windows 8,” Chappell said. Next came “algebra.” And “verb” wasn’t mentioned once, the Journal reported.
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