Capt. F.E. “Jack” Morgan (retired)
Take a look at Common Core
Alabama career ready and college ready standards are minimum academic standards mandated by the Alabama Board of Education (not a ceiling) for all of our Alabama schools in order to better prepare our children for careers and college. These standards also provide some assurance of transferability between 45 of 50 partnering states, which gives us in North Alabama the ability to attract industry and professionals with children into our communities from other states.
These standards are widely accepted by educators, school administrators and parent teacher groups in Alabama but are opposed by conservative activist groups and the Republican Party in general. Both the state Republican Party and the national Republican Party have resolved for repeal of these Common Core Standards strongly suggesting these standards insinuate federal control of our schools and further remove the parent from their responsibility. These concerns are based wholly on the totality of the Common Core State Initiative, which includes curriculum, testing and data mining of students and teachers nationally. Within the curriculum is imbedded certain elements that should concern parents, teachers, students and taxpayers. I’ll simply suggest those to be extreme left wing, radical, socialist, atheist, progressive, communist ideals. I too object and have concerns.
However, the fact is Alabama BOE did not adopt curriculum and selected only the math and language arts portions of the standards. Here sits the problem. Local school boards and administrators along with the oversight of engaged parents and teachers in our community will decide what and how our students are taught. This program is 75 percent implemented at a great cost to taxpayers. Teachers and administrators support the program, but the Legislature is considering repeal based on information that I believe is not factual. Please look at this issue and contact your legislators. Legislative Office firstname.lastname@example.org.