Core opposition will grow

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Your editorial “Rotten to the core” (March 23) pointed out a truth that many news articles omit or gloss over – namely, that opposition to the national Common Core standards crosses partisan and ideological lines. That is one reason to remain optimistic about the prospect for eventual repeal, despite anti-Common Core bills stalling out recently in Georgia, Mississippi and South Carolina.

The corporate and political bigwigs pushing for uniform national standards did not give up when their first attempt failed during the Clinton years. They continued to work behind the scenes through an organization they named Achieve Inc., and they were ready to push the cause hard again after the 2008 election of President Obama.

Americans who want to preserve local and parental control of education must be no less determined. They are winning some battles as several states follow Georgia’s lead and withdraw from the nationalized student assessments linked to Common Core, and others ponder delays or following Indiana’s path to repeal. As more and more Americans discover the nature of the one-size-fits-all education being foisted on their children’s schools without their knowledge or consent, broad-based opposition will continue to grow.

Robert Holland


(The writer is Senior Fellow for Education Policy at the Heartland Institute, a public policy think tank in Chicago.)

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deestafford 03/31/14 - 12:29 am
If you want some real world opinions by parents...

If you want some real world opinions by parents and examples of what is really in CC go to YouTube and search "Common Core" and you will be amazed at what is in this monstrosity. This stuff is dangerous.

ymnbde 03/31/14 - 07:17 am
a quality education once displayed the world

to the particular
now it just shows the particular a government favored particular
government controls education
and educates for the enlargement of big government
school choice is the only way
rich kids have it
democrats keep poor kids from getting it
because a truly educated person cannot be exploited
but the democrats do have reason for controlling education
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
democrats are training our children

corgimom 03/31/14 - 07:21 am
Dee, I tried to watch those

Dee, I tried to watch those videos, I really did. They either put me to sleep by saying very little about anything, or were just plain silly.

Common core is a shift back to the days when kids had to STUDY and WORK in school, instead of just cruising to get by.

I saw one video about "IDIOMS IN THE SECOND GRADE??!!"

I talked to the kids about idioms in the kindergarten class, and read to them from a book about them, too. They got it. Who knew that I shouldn't be doing that because they were "too young".

This Common Core is long overdue. The standards are far more to what we learned as children rather than the dumbed-down standards that produce high school graduates that can't balance a check book or write a grammatical sentence.

My granddaughters attend a school that does Common Core. They are thriving and reading 1 year above grade level, and they are among the youngest kids in their class, they aren't even 6 yet.

To those parents who are whining about how "difficult" the work is, get a grip. It's not difficult for children that pay attention in class, behave, and do their homework. You know, like we used to in the old days, where we were EXPECTED to work hard, both at school and at home, where that was a given. School wasn't supposed to be "easy", it was supposed to educate us.

I haven't seen any "Common Core" examples that were any more difficult than what I learned in school.

corgimom 03/31/14 - 07:24 am
Oh, and by the way- my

Oh, and by the way- my granddaughters, in kindergarten, are expected to do 3 pages of homework per night, and read a minimum of 3 library books per week and take a test on them.

Maybe that's why they are reading a year above grade level, you think?

gaflyboy 03/31/14 - 07:51 am
You're missing the point corgimom

When someone says “go to Youtube and search”, like other parts of the internet, one can usually find whatever they’re looking for; whatever supports the beliefs they already have, without seeing what they need to see.

Try this link for some examples:

Then read this:

And there is a new documentary on it, that starting today you can watch online free (2:49):

Of course, if you’re already sold on Common Core, it will put you to sleep or be “just plain silly”.

The problem with Common Core is not what grade level kids are reading at, but what they are reading and how they are being taught math. More than that, however, is that it removes local control of our children’s education … including parents.

"Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree."
Thomas Jefferson

“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
Vladimir Lenin

Darby 03/31/14 - 11:21 am
Nothing the lemmings say changes anything!

Common Core is a centralized government run, one size fits all, substitute for education, covering for a thinly disguised conformity system designed to produce non-thinkers who blindly follow orders and perform menial tasks.

Run, don't walk to the nearest exit.

AutumnLeaves 03/31/14 - 03:15 pm
All the teachers I know,

All the teachers I know, friends and/or family, are expressing negative comments, feelings, concerns, about common core. Haven't had a lot of time to discuss it with them, but it runs along with what Darby just wrote. Some of them hastened their retirement because of it. It was the last straw for these dedicated teachers.

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