- Ada, Oklahoma


May 28, 2014

House, Senate were right to defy Gov. Mary Fallin

Ada —


In the 1950s America’s Edward Deming traveled to Japan to tell that country’s manufacturers about a revolutionary management style that depended heavily on input from frontline workers. Deming originally approached American manufacturers with his ideas but found them not only uninterested, but disdainful. Only then did he go overseas. 

In those days “Made in Japan” were code words meaning “cheaply constructed, of poor quality,” but by following Deming’s management system that changed dramatically. Japanese products soon became the envy of the world for craftsmanship, quality and reliability. There was just something about asking the lower level folks, the ones on the frontlines, what needed to be done in order to make a product better.

It was a baby step in that direction but an important one when state legislators last week defied a top down approach favored by Gov. Mary Fallin and State Superintendent of Schools Janet Barresi by awarding more power to frontline educators in the matter of who controls whether or not an Oklahoma third grader gets promoted to the next level.

Fallin and Barresi supported the 2011 Reading Sufficiency Act. It allowed exceptions for students who don’t pass the literacy test, but like most ivory tower approaches, it denied the opportunity for input from those at ground level, i.e., local teachers and administrators. 

The Legislature upheld the law, but awarded power to those on the educational frontlines too. Fallin vetoed this new wrinkle but legislators from her own party in both the House and the Senate overrode her objections. 

The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a conservative think tank in Oklahoma City, took exception, essentially saying the Legislature’s action was motivated by misguided compassion. 

We think it was motivated by common sense. Who better knows these kids than the professionals who deal with them daily? No one. 

Oklahomans have grown weary of being dictated to by those whose vantage point never touches the ground of educational reality. Voters will soon have the opportunity to express their dissatisfaction when they cast ballots to decide who should be our next state superintendent of schools. 

Our recommendation is that the current occupant’s first term should be her last. 


                                            — The Ada News

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Do I have to be numb to serve?

    How well do you do watching the channels on TV that show sick and starving children in other countries?

    July 23, 2014

  • Too much sodium can be a health risk

    Salty potato chips. Salted popcorn. Salt on French fries. We are a nation that loves salt. Although it enhances the flavor of foods, too much sodium is not a good thing.

    July 19, 2014

  • Working cattle during summertime heat

    Understanding and avoiding heat stress in cattle can be a valuable management tool for summertime in Oklahoma.   


    July 19, 2014

  • NASA says life on other planets is no longer a fool’s errand

    It has always seemed unlikely to me that this universe, the size of which renders you and me microscopic, could contain only us. Then again, it could, and certainly authors of “The Privileged Planet” make a strong case for it.


    July 19, 2014

  • Historic icon raised to celebrate Capitol's 100th birthday

    It was with great fanfare nearly a century ago that Oklahomans crowded into cars or horse-drawn buggies and paraded to 23rd and Lincoln.


    July 19, 2014

  • Jerry Duncan Are there absolutes that can be trusted?

    Back in the 70s there was a film series with the philosopher Francis Schaeffer titled, “How Shall We Then Live.” He described how every nation that became the leading nation of the world had a discernable and predictable rise and fall.


    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ukraine is a personal tragedy for one Ada resident

    Democracy is the worst form of government, the sage has said, except for everything else.

    July 14, 2014

  • Franz case raises troubling questions

    Dear Editor,

    What kind of law and judges do we have in Ada?

    July 14, 2014

  • Fourth of July celebration capped week of fun events

       Over 380 eggs, over 100 water balloons, over 40 turtles, boxes of ice cream bars, unlimited prizes, rope and a creek, judo, longest standing 5K/10K race in Oklahoma, cans of whipped cream, colored powder celebration, motorized train, Bernoulli’s Principle, miniature golf, shaved-ice snow cones, fire truck hose wars, and a most awesome fireworks display that scared the ducks all the way to Wapanucka. 

    July 14, 2014

  • Common Core: The untold story

    Oklahoma public school educators may be forgiven if they liken themselves to a soccer ball in a World Cup championship match.

    July 14, 2014

AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating

Are you pleased that Oklahoma has repealed Common Core standards for public school students?

     View Results