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Below is a”Letter To The Editor”  that was published in our local paper. If I can do it, you can, too!

More Than Just Standards

Proponents of the Common Core State Standards like to say these are just standards, but it’s about a much more than standards.  The ALSDE adopted the Common Core State Standards “Initiative.’

If you have noticed schools have changed the way math is being taught and you as a parent are having trouble helping your child with his homework, you can thank the Common Core Initiative.

If you have noticed that some of the “informational texts” and Common Core aligned textbooks your child has to read are full of liberal bias, you can thank the Common Core Initiative.

If you have noticed that some of the lessons and homework seem to be confusing for your elementary age child, it’s because the standards are developmentally inappropriate age and grade-wise.

If you’ve been upset by some of the suggested reading books for your kids and think some of those are inappropriate, you can thank the Common Core Initiative.

If you’ve been wondering why your child has to draw all these lines and circles just to answer what use to be a very simple 2 step math problem, you can thank the Common Core Initiative.

If you’ve been wondering what the surveys and nosy questions about you and your child are about?  You can thank the Common Core Initiative and all of the huge amounts of data they are collecting and sharing with the federal government via the Common Core Initiative.

I’ll leave you with this quote by conservative writer George Will, “Opposition to the Common Core is surging because Washington, hoping to mollify opponents is saying, in effect: ‘If you like your local control of education, you can keep it. Period.’ To which a burgeoning movement is responding: ‘No. Period.’”

Contact your Alabama state legislators and your state school board members and tell them to repeal Common Core.  We can do better than this for Alabama’s children.

Wanda McDonald

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