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DPI Superintendent challenger warns of "insidious" international standards


MADISON (WKOW) -- DPI Superintendent Candidate Don Pridemore says nationwide public school standards were introduced by foreign countries to dumb down American kids.

Rep. Pridemore (R-Hartford) says its necessary to be aware that the ideas that led to what are known as "common core standards" are insidious in nature.

Pridemore is challenging incumbent Superintendent Tony Evers in next Tuesday's election and is one of Greg Neumann's featured guests Capitol City Sunday this weekend.

Common Core Standards are used nationwide to measure student achievement and were developed by the National Governor's Association.  But Pridemore says the ideas behind them stem from international influences.

"You have to look at the insidious nature of some of these ideas.  I mean, America's always been a leader in the world, so if you were any other country in the world - wouldn't you want to maybe knock America down a few pegs or two, make the playing field for them a little bit better?  To me, that's what's really going on here," said Pridemore.

Pridemore believes the International Baccalaureate (IB) program is where a lot of the ideas for the Common Core Standards originated.

He says there may not be papers or words to prove that, but that it has been handed down as a way of thinking.

Justice Pat Roggensack will also be on Capitol City Sunday this weekend to talk about her re-election bid against Marquette University Law Professor Ed Fallone.  Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW 27.

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