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April 28, 2013

Letters to the Editor 4/28/13

The News Courier encourages letters to the editor. Submissions should be no more than 400 words and should include a name, address and telephone number for verification. Submissions that do not meet requirements are subject to editing. Send letters by noon on Thursdays to P.O. Box 670, Athens, AL, 35613, or email to adam@athensnews-courier.com.

No to Common Core

Dear Editor:

“Core” curriculum is a scheme to indoctrinate our children politically with a liberal ideology. Many parents and teachers believe that common core is the dumbing down of America’s children.

The public schools were seized in America in the mid-1960s by the federal government and they have been taking more and more control from the local and state level ever since.

In the mid-‘60s America was ranked third in the world in public education. Today we are ranked 28th in the world and will continue to fall as long as we allow the federal government and national teachers unions to control public education. Go back to the early ‘60s when we were third in the world in public education and learn from the past.

The common core values in the ‘60s was teaching love of county, right from wrong, good and bad, family values, prayer, work ethics and family responsibilities. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers that taught me at Piney Chapel Junior High and Elkmont High School in the ‘60s through the mid-‘70s, because these were truly great educations not only in academics but in life. If we want public education to be near the top again, go back and use what worked in the past, we don’t need to reinvent the wheel.

President Ronald Reagan said it best: “The most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

A quote from a public school teacher: “Education has become a political football lately as funding battles and union busting has become a priority over actual student learning. Largely this is due to school systems becoming controlled more and more by state and federal decree rather than by local school boards and individual teachers. ... The fact is, I would be a much better teacher if I were not constrained by state and federal bureaucrats most of whom have not been in a classroom since graduation.”

Additionally, as power over curriculum is concentrated at the top, there is a concerted effort to push various agendas within the public school system that most people would be shocked by.

Call your local and state representatives and demand that they repeal Common Core in this legislative session.

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