Rosemary Potter: Common Core is rotten
To the editor:
“Education Standards Rotten to the Core” is how Anita Stapleton describes Common Core, the new federally mandated education system being forced on the school systems of the 50 sovereign states if they want federal money.
With several binders full of researched information as her backup, Mrs. Stapleton, mother of two and a hospice nurse from Pueblo, warned the group gathered at the VFW building Tuesday evening about the unconstitutionality of the whole program, then gave the particulars.
After partially recovering from “information overload,” I summarize what I learned like this: Common Core is the federal government’s assessment-test-based curriculum for K-12 that insists every child, every teacher and every school board in the whole nation conform to its standards (which, in many cases, results in children being two years behind present standards,) and demands that enormous amounts of time and money be spent on testing every student several times each year to make sure they are being taught properly what the government wants them to know, using government-approved textbooks.
We should not compromise the education of our children by accepting federal bribe money for our school system. Our parents, through our elected school board, are much better able to evaluate our own children and teachers and plan our own curriculum; we don’t need Washington, D.C., to dictate to us in order to get its money.
Our teachers want to teach, not spend their time testing and filling out government forms that not only collect academic information on each child but all kinds of other information that has nothing to do with their education.
education.com and get more information. Then go to the next school board meeting and let them know you do not want Common Core in our schools.