Join the movement against Common Core

To the editor

The local branch of Minnesota Against Common Core would like to thank the many parents, teachers, grandparents, media and interested taxpayers who attended our informational meeting Jan. 19  in Hinckley. The information presented by state leaders, both of which are public school teachers, was compelling and disturbing.

It never ceases to amaze me how we treat our most precious resource, children, as guinea pigs in the realm of education. They are the profit centers of testing companies and book publishers (one in the same these days) by rewriting reading methods (from phonics to whole language), English classes (now called Language Arts), math methods, history and don’t forget the most important — sex education just to sell new books.

When I was in school, I always sympathized with teachers who had to deal with unruly kids. Now, I sympathize with them for dealing with kids made docile with drugs and an overpowering federal education system with testing programs that will be replacing their profession with robots and computers. The worst part of all is these teachers can’t even speak out for fear of losing their jobs. However, the tide is turning as indicated by the news this weekend regarding the unanimous vote to withdraw its support of Common Core standards by the New York State United Teachers Union.

It’s unusual to see democrats and republicans, liberals and conservatives, working together to end this fiasco. Legislators are taking notice and there will be some bills this session regarding data privacy issues connected with testing and hopefully, a total withdrawal from Race to the Top, which will be a bigger failure than Profiles of Learning, Goals 2000, and No Child Left Behind all combined. In addition, the price tag to taxpayers will be astronomical.

Attend your school board meetings as many of us are starting to do.

Two other things you can do: Attend your precinct caucuses Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Elect delegates who oppose Common Core. Secondly, contact your Senators and Representatives.

Patrice DeGray

Pine, Isanti, Kanabec and Chisago Counties Against Common Core


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