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September 25, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters for Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

Parents need to learn about common core

Despite the media blackout on one of the most fundamental changes to our country, parents and families are learning, to their horror, that new regulations will wrest control of their children’s future into the hands of ideologues and activists; and I’m not talking about health care.

Common Core is an idea that has been struggling in the minds of socialists since the ‘40s. Its basis centralizes control of a “national” curriculum, making it nearly impossible for local communities to have a say in what their children are being taught.

Standards, which are set to a national average, are actually lower than educational standards in Indiana. Two members of the Common Core Validation Committee refused to sign off of the standards because they put our students two years behind high-performing countries by eighth grade and leave our children unprepared for entrance into a four-year university. They both testified to the Legislature that Indiana should reject Common Core. Students in Indiana would actually be educated less under the Common Core program.

Once the public has started gaining knowledge about this debacle, people began to rise up against it. They began to see what a threat this could be to Hoosier youth.

In response, Indiana House representatives passed House Bill 1427, which charged the Indiana State Legislature with evaluating the new Common Core Standards and made a recommendation to the State Board of Education who must re-vote on whether Indiana will keep or abandon the standards by 2014. There was no rush, right? The future of Hoosier kids were in danger for the next generation.

However, State Legislators like Rep. Mike Karickhoff of House District 30 did something you wouldn’t think a good Republican would do. He voted against the bill. Why would anyone rush through legislation where states can’t change or delete any of the standards as private organizations hold a copyright on them? We can add 15 percent to the content, but that won’t be covered on proposed new national tests.

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