to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
To the Editor!
Obscured lately by battles over ObamaCare and Debt Limits, the issue
of the pending and in fact already adopted national COMMON CORE program
is still in dire need of close examination by parents and concerned educators
of our local children.
Granted that the idea sounds great, and in fact the proposal admittedly
could contain many worthwhile features, there still are some serious questions
that need to be asked, including:
1) Can a Common Core program devised by Progressives out of our nation's
capitol possibly leave local parents, teachers, and school boards the freedom
to control their own children's education? Has "One size fits all" ever
2) Can the proposed goal of leveling all schools so that transfers
from one to the other area will "fit in" really work? Does this not suggest
lowering the standards of more successful schools to accomodate the less
3) What impact will the program have on increased costs? Will the new
required grading requirements not increase drastically those costs?
4) Will the coming required National Test not jeopardize students and
states which find the program intrusive and out of sync with local goals
5) Could lack of performance on such a national test not jeopardize
student scholarship and financial aid chances? Especially now that the
Obama administration has taken over complete control of the student aid
6) Are there any guarantees that this new proposed "top-down" federal
program not end up bankrupt like nearly every other such program attempted?
7) What is the experience of school districts which have already tried
out the program on a trial basis?"
8) Has the federal grant promised to states like Idaho who joined the
"Race to the Top" program with an agreement to sign on to Common Core actually
been received by our state? And can our near-bankrupts federal government
afford said "subsidy seductions?"
These and other questions demand investigating, and so all readers
are invited to Cottonwood's Shorty Arnzen garage, Wednesday, Oct 30, at
7:00 P. M. (See also accompanying ad in this week's paper!)
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