We supporters of the the Utah Core expect Utah legislators to ignore this vocal
minority. We expect you to listen to the majority of citizens and teachers.
This is an election year. We are taking note of who is with our children and who
is not, and we will be making our voices heard in the voting booth.
I am not a supporter of Common Core! However, everyone in this state seems to
scream school reform and legislate education methodology in our schools yearly
with new programs here, and teacher reforms there. It has gotten to the point
of being ridiculous to be a teacher...I have never seen moral this low! The
main problems in education today do not stem from lack of "programs" or
poor teaching methods, they stem from the breakdown of the family. Without
stability in our homes, and teachers working as a three-legged stool with
students and parents nothing will ever change. What needs to happen in
education will never happen under our current belief of not "hurting
feelings". Teachers need accountability sure, but students and parents do
As a teacher I like the standards of the Utah Core. I hope the legislators
realize how much time and money have been put into creating lessons to teach
these standards. I personally don't want to start over because I have too
much invested in teaching them. I like that textbooks are now created for our
core and not just Texas or Virginia. Check out how much the districts have paid
out to implement this core before listening to the vocal minority.
I think the math Common Core is a mess. It has succeeded in destroying my
students' motivation to learn math. The parents don't know how to help
their kids, and many new ways of doing problems are very odd. There are a few
good strategies, but not enough to justify keeping the Core as it is. I'm
still very suspicious of the way it was financially forced on the state
education system with the threats of money removal attached.
Teaching to the test can limit education. I am not familiar with Utah Core, but
I have read the Common Core objectives, and I see nothing objectionable at all
in them; the opposition is reminiscent of McCarthy-era paranoia.
To me the most compelling reason to support the Common Core is that its
opponents are unable to cite specific problems with the core that make it
educationally inappropriate, that there's absolutely zero evidence of it
being "anti-family," and that the Common Core's opponents are the
ultra-wingnut Utah Eagle Forum and Sutherland Institute.Let's
face it - if the US Department of Education suggested that students be
instructed in the importance of breathing, the Eagle Forum and the Sutherland
Institute would then immediately become advocates of suffocation.
Nice report Ben. However, for the couple of Common Core supporters who have
posted here, there were at least 5 public school teachers who spoke at the rally
last night. Teachers are seeing the issue. As "birder" noted, children
are being affected by Common Core, thus Alpine school district now has a lawsuit
on their hands over psychological damage that has been done to a genius student
via Common Core. There is a reason the New York Teacher's Union has spoken
out and called Common Core a disaster. It's far more than just standards so
lets not pretend that's all it is. It encompasses assessments, data
tracking, and is driving a standardization of curriculum. It's a true
one-size-fits-all model and if you think every child should be forced into this
robotic sequence, you should reconsider your choice of profession.
FormerspudHeaven forbid we correct a wrong because you already have
your lesson plans. How about we do what is best for the kids. Isn't that
what you teachers want?
"This is outrageous," organizer Christel Swasey said. "This takes
away our humanity. It is an affront to our souls. It is wrong."There are a lot of things out there that takes away our humanity and are an
affront to our souls. However, I suspect Common Core is near the bottom of the
list on this issue. Connor Boyack, president of the Libertas
Institute, described the Common Core as "anti-family" and said Utah
needs to act to reject the standards.Why is everything a
conservative doesn't agree with "anti-family"? Could somebody
please explain it to me? How is Common Core "anti-family" but not
corporations not paying decent living wages so that one parent can stay home and
solidify the family not "anti-family"?
If what my children are subjected to is "Utah Core," it's
abominable. I have only one child still in public school full time, and pulled
two others over the unnecessarily complicated math. (I KNOW the math is Common
Core; I've been researching it extensively and see the same bizarre
worksheets implemented all over the country. Our family homeschool has gone back
to logical Saxon Math to undo some of the damage and restore confidence in
math.)If "Utah Core" is the maker of the English pages my
son, who used to be in 4th grade, used, then it's in dire need of someone
with English skills to redo them. For the month my son was in public school I
sent back the sheets with my own corrections (I've taught college writing
for 20 years). The passages were poorly written, the questions confusing, and
the grammar incorrect.The entire curriculum, whatever "Core"
it pretends to be, is untested, sloppy, illogical, and killing the desire to
learn.I'm not against standards; I'm simply against this
Could anyone who objects to the Common Core please explain exactly what is wrong
with it? I'd like to form an educated opinion on it, but all I ever hear
against it is rhetoric.
@Mom of 8That isn't common core. Its the individual school and
teacher who made those because all decisions still remain locally how to meet
Interesting the same groups Sutherland Foundation, Freedom Works, Eagle Forum
that are fighting so hard to keep the caucuses. Me thinks they feel their
stranglehold power over the state slipping away, so now we have to threaten
lawmakers. It is a great day to be a Utahn!
"I wont do it becuase it was the Government who told me to do it".
Just reword the same standards and call it the Utah Core if that will make you
feel better. The critics make it sound like these standards are
changing the facts of history or something. I continue to be amazed how setting
learning "standards" can be so controversial.
Mother of 8You are righf on. My three oldest went to private schol
and excelled in math. My towo youngest went to private school and s5ruggled.
We then dusted off the Saxon books and they are back atthe top of the class.
Folks, if your kids struggle in math, pick up the Saxon books and work with
them. The "new techniques they teach with in public schools sets kids up
"The Common Core is a series of educational benchmarks, voluntarily adopted
and designed to prepare students for postsecondary education and career
training. They specify the minimum skills a student should learn in each grade
and have been adopted by all but five states."Oh really? And as
a parent, I thought it was simply a dumbing down of the curriculum so that
government could more easily control a dumbed down constituency of rubber stamp
voters. Foolish me!
I have to agree with 'JP' and 'Steven S Jarvis.' Our current
state of education across the country gets a really bad rap, but I'd like
to see some real explanations as to what is or isn't wrong with the Common
Core.I would agree that teaching to the test and standardizing education
have their drawbacks-- but large systems do those things, and implying that they
can avoid it through policy is ludicrous. Individualization happens within a
context, within a frame. The Common Core, from what I can tell, attempts to make
that frame more similar than it is different (from state to state).If
there are problems, let's identify where they actually are, rather than
condemning an entire system. I've studied education and administration for
several years now, and the Common Core is head and shoulders above most other
wide-spread programs that I've studied.Any new system will have
issues, as 'Mom of 8' noted, but they may not be representative of the
entire system, so let's be careful here. I think it will be wasted effort
to move away from the Common Core. It will be much more useful to fix it.
The fact is that public education is no longer needed in Utah. Utah businessmen
no longer need educated customers and workers. At any education level, there
are ample supplies of highly motivated foreign workers available that will work
for less money than Americans. Educated customers are likely to see the false
advertising and other ploys and be bad for business. For the elite,
the rich and powerful, there will always be education available at costs that
prevent ordinary people from competing with the elite and the rich and powerful
for the positions that make people rich and powerful. I wish that
Federal government would offer public education in competition to the so-called
public educations of the states and local governments. It would offer up to
date education for people to live and prosper in this time and not the
indoctrination of children as needed by the local business. If parents could
thus choose, which would they prefer? Would parents choose an American
education of the world or a Utah education for the businessmen in Utah.
Mick wrote,"FormerspudHeaven forbid we correct a
wrong because you already have your lesson plans. How about we do what is best
for the kids. Isn't that what you teachers want?"I believe
what Formerspud is saying is that the curriculum has been developed by Utah, not
the federal government or anyone else. I can't see what the opponents of
Common Core are complaining about.
I am a recent opponent to Common Core (CC). I came to this decision
independently, not because of any group or person persuading me. I happen to
have children in public school, and I see and help them with the work they bring
home. I have noticed a change in the work that comes home since the adoption of
CC. Reading assignments are full of spelling, grammatical and punctuation
errors. The content is sometimes iffy or even inappropriate, and often
politically charged. The language of it feels "dumbed-down." The math
is illogical and confusing and unnecessary. Why do we need to teach our
children three ways to perform long division? Why not teach them the most
efficient method and get on with it? Having witnessed the CC curriculum first
hand, and having researched where this is heading (among other thing,
nationalized sex-ed.) I want out. Besides, it's unconstitutional. The
Federal government should have no hand in this.
Rhetoric is all you get from the anti cc groups. The math is really no
different. It seems the focus is more on a why you are performing the operation
rather than just learn the algorithm. So for instance, models/pictures are used
more when learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions. Instead
of just teaching the steps. For a lot of kids this will be difficult at
first. Most are just taught to just do it, don't think about it. If you
don't believe me ask a fifth graders to explain why multiplying two
fractions gives you a smaller fraction. Most can't
Is it part of Common Core that Social Studies teachers in high school teach
their students that we are all born racist? I've have more than one high
school student talk with me about this. And what about Kindergarten teachers
having to teach about homosexuality in the class room as part of the curriculum
dictated by Common Core? No a rumor, I know several teachers who have told me
about having to do it. We need more local control, less centralized government
control. One of the last people in the world I want having a say in education
are Arne Duncan and Bill Ayers.
As an educator with strong libertarian propensities, I'm literally
fascinated with the level of fear that exists against the Common Core
perpetuated by those with little understanding of what the Common Core really
involves. An organization called "Conservatives for Higher
Standards" claims that the most commonly raised concerns about the Common
Core are "rooted in misinformation or are just plain inaccurate." They
have included a section on their website called Myth v Fact: Correcting
Misinformation about the Movement to Raise Standards. Even the
National Review included an informational piece debunking some of the
misinformation about the Common Core entitled "The Truth about Common
Core." It provides an interesting perspective about this issue by one of
the most ardently conservative publications available.
The anti-family, "indoctrinate-my-children," socialist nonsense is
bogus. It's how you get cowardly lawmakers to pay attention. The horror stories shared above are not typical. And, if true, should be
addressed to local administrators who have the ability to adapt the Utah Core.
Problem is, administrators are not hearing them, except from the same small
talking-points-driven group. It's way too easy to co-opt an anonymous forum
with coordinated, prepared comments. I beg those who have not
already formed an opinion to speak to teachers, parents and administrators.
Having done so, and after having read everything sent to me from both sides, it
seems the ratio of students having issues with math is about the same as it ever
was. The vast majority of (not already hyper-political)teachers are on board and
think the standards are adaptable for the locale and individual student.
Administrators (most born and bred Utah conservatives) are frustrated that a
vocal, single-issue contingent of parents (many already long-time
home-schoolers) have spread so much misinformation. If the Utah Core needs
adjusted, let's do it for the right reasons -- after measuring real results
"Even if the Common Core effectively prepared students for college, Dayton
said she would still oppose it because it was not developed by Utahns."Is she also going to call for the rejection of textbooks not written and
published here? And what about teachers who didn't grow up in the
communities where they are teaching? Both might mean introducing ideas that
didn't originate in Utah, and we know where that might lead. On
the other hand, she would do well to remember that the scriptures used by the
majority of people here in Utah were not developed by Utahns, but written
elsewhere and brought here by outsiders from back east...
It's about time people stood up to this Bill Gates promoted socialist
garbage called Common Core.
Why does the Common Core even exist?The stated goal is to better prepare
students for college or other job training. That implies that something is wrong
with the current system. The "enlighten elites" are setting these
standards and suggesting curriculum for you because "you poor uneducated
folks out in Utah just aren't smart enough to do it on your own."
Common Core = Higher StandardsCommon Core = College and Career
ReadinessCommon Core = Better for Utah KidsThose that oppose
it need to better research what it is and what it is not. It does not proscribe
curriculum. It does not take away local control.It does encourage an
integrated approach to education. It does set high standards to encourage our
students to be ready for what comes after graduation. It does mean that teachers
and students will have to elevate our level of education.I support
the standards of the Common Core because I care about Utah kids, and I will be
voting for representatives that do, too!!!
Yes, we can't go teaching our children to think for themselves now. They
might start to question the other things they've been told!
To those of you that continue to support CC, and want to understand why so many
are opposed to it, you have to look at it from an actual learning
perspective.For example, part of the CC for first grade has them
reading books, then writing predictive essays and persuasive essays. Yes this
sounds like a great thing for them to do, but unless you have 1 teacher to every
5 kids and a lot of time to spend with each child, this is nearly impossible.
Just ask a 6 or 7 year old child predict the ending of a book and explain their
reasoning verbally. Better yet, ask them to give you a persuasive argument
about they liked the book verbally. Very few children in first grade could do
that verbally, now you add in the complexity of writing down their toughts.The problem of presenting material before children are prepared for it
is all over the CC standards. On top of that, they sacrifice learning and
mastering the basics before going on to the next topic.For example
in math, few 3rd and 4th grade children can do simple multiplication and
division, the standards push higher concepts without mastery of the basics.
More tea party drivel from know-nothings. That would be people who know nothing
about which they claim to know everything. Just like the legislator who claims
to know more about climate and carbon dioxide than the roughly 8,000 scientist
around the world whose careers are dependent on quality science and credibility,
the anti-CORE people have not a clue. And if you ask any of them what is it
specifically within the CORE program that will hurt their kids, they can't
tell you. Facts are hard on these folks.
Here again we have a bunch of ultra conservatives who know nothing about
education and everything about obstructionism trying to interfere with
education, again. Common core is so superior to No Child Left Behind and gets
back to the way we used to be able to teach school 30 years ago. You know, 30
years ago…that's when all these same people who are protesting said
we should go back to and once again start teaching the basics!
"Just like the legislator who claims to know more about climate and carbon
dioxide than the roughly 8,000 scientist around the world whose careers are
dependent on quality science and credibility."So now Common Core and
climate change are the same? All the more reason to get rid of it. I'd
like documentation on the 8,000 plus their careers are dependent upon government
grants not sterling science. I've not had one scientist be able to tell me
when the earth stopped making fossil fuels nor have they explained the cause and
effect of carbon dioxide. The way to spot the real truth is to follow the
money. Who has become rich off the climate change scheme?
In an earlier post someone asked why schools need to teach three different ways
to do long division. The answer is simple. Every child looks at the world
differently. Teachers are trying to reach as many of the children in their
classroom as possible. Maybe you could argue that most kids learn math in a
linear progression. However, if teachers only teach one method, then we
alienate a lot of students and we stifle creativity. It is amazing how a lot of
spatially oriented people have been told they are bad at math which is simply
not the case. They are bad at linear oriented teaching of math. When they are
given more options and methods to approach a problem, they find they do quite
Common Core seems to have brought out all sorts of craziness. Likely most
opponents do not even now what it really is. Comments are made like it is from
the federal government so it must be bad. It has been called "communism"
and "socialism." I would consider the problems with it if these
opponents gave concrete examples of why it is so evil. Is not raising academic
standards, especially in math and science, a good thing regardless of its
The truth is that Common Core is not much different than Utah Core Standards
which have been in place and used for more than twenty years.This is
nothing but more conservative fear mongering.
Education Boards have lost their mission. Educators are employees of the
parents. If you are not performing your job, we as parents should be able to
fire you and hire someone else. To think that parents are accountable to the
state for education is crazy. The state did not give me my children. God did.
I am accountable to God for their education.I am more qualified than
a C average college grad to educate my own children. Thankfully in Utah we as
parents can still pull our children from a broken education system and get them
ready for the world.
@ TillySue:Actually, the students under Common Core are told by the
teachers not to ask their parents for help. They are encouraged to complete the
work in class. I hope all who are attributing the opposition to
Common Core actually look at this issue. This is not "tea party fear
mongering". I am a life-long Democrat and have never voted for a Republican
presidential candidate. What I see is an attack on children, parents, and
families by an elite, rich minority that has pushed this program with the
promise of subsidy dollars to states. Why did we not get to vote on
adopting Common Core? It was agreed to by Gov. Herbert, not parents or
teachers. It will not help us catch the Japanese and Germans. It will
indoctrinate our kids into a certain political perspective to the detriment of
our country's future....
@birder Same exact story with my child. LOVED math and is now totally
@elkym and JP. Your question is too huge to answser in a post, but problem is
that teachers are loosing the ability to teach to the kids in that particular
class. Some lessons have to be strictly followed and in a certain time frame.
What happens when some kids don't understand or the entire class? They
still must move on. (This is the case with previous programs too.) I think the
most disconcerting thing is we adopted these standards for $ and they
weren't even written yet. AND it was never tested. Our kids are the guinea
pigs. The arguement for CC is "college ready" but it just doesn't
seem to be true. As for math, I see my child 2 years behind since CC than we
were at that age.Also, see how the business world is in on this. See Bill
Gates comment the CC will give us "a large uniform base of customers."
Then see the monopoly the text book companies will be creating. I must
reiterate, "This was NEVER tested anywhere."
@pheogs see Bill Gates at the National Conference of State Legislatures (clip
5) on youtube
To Owen: Why should they listen to the majority now; they haven't in the
past when the MAJORITY of Utahans voted for marriage between one man and one
woman. On Common Core, the majority has been led astray. The more the Feds are
in it, the more you lose.
RedWings.I think there's some truth in the old saying, You can
fool some of the people all the time, you can fool all of the people some of the
time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.Which is more important to you? Your Childs health? Your Childs nutrition?
Your Childs education? Your Childs religion? Your Childs physical abilities?
Etc. Do you not seek and accept the best advise and ability that you
can find for assistance is carrying out your responsibility and accountability
to God?Do you get to vote on medical procedures? Do you not depend
and expect that the service you receive will be determined by others who are
educated and experiences.If you seek advise on an important subject,
would you ask one person, two, a state, a nation or the whole world? I would
ask as many as I could.
I sat next to a professor at the University of Utah this morning at breakfast. I
asked him what he though about Common Core? He said it is about time that the
United States have standards of learning for education. He said that the most
frustrating thing to him is students in University Classes that can't read,
write of even understand anything but pulp fiction novels. He said that the
people who are opposing Common Core must not know anything about it! He said it
elevates standards so we can compete in the Global World. Americans are falling
behind. He said that a good portion of Student Loans are for remedial classes
so these students can graduate. This all should have been required before
entering the University.
Common Core was voted for before it was developed and then implemented
nationwide. This is grossly irresponsible. You need to see it before you
approve it and then test it and get the bugs out and then implement. It is
anti-family because it doesn't let the parents have a say on what and how
things are taught. You can't see the tests or teaching materials because
they don't want you to see the socialist philosophy being taught. They are
giving the schools more right and say to how the child is raised than the
parents in everything from whether or not the child is released for doctor
appointments to whether or not the child has access to contraceptives. It is
anti-family because it is based on socialism and socialism is about replacing
the family with the state. It has more control over people that way. It is ten
times a bigger train wreck than Obamacare. But then should we be surprised? It
has been created by the same maker. I do not support Common Core even if you
rename it Utah Core.
I especially loved what three of the one common core haters in this article said
that she does not like the core because "it is an affront to humanity"
(Christel Swasey) and that "Utahns did not write it" (Dayton), and that
it was "anti-family" (Boyack).Was the U.S. Constitution
written at the state level, which calls for a common defense and lots of other
"common" things? The common core came from educators, state
administrators, and professors of pedagogy, from many, many states, as they
sought to unify what is taught at each grade level. For example, students at the
end of 1st grade will be able to write a topic sentence and three supporting
sentences on that topic. Wow! How scary is that! My goodness! Run away! The
common core has required us to raise our educational standards in Utah. It
helped us to unify the language/terms we were using in our elementary and
secondary schools. It is a raising of the bar for us. Read it for yourself at
core standards dot org.
"'Common Core' is a front for world socialism."Come on, Joseph McCarthy's been dead for almost 60 years. Yelling about
the perils of socialism seems to be the strongest argument the opponents of
Common Core can make, but it is a far cry from being an actual argument.
These are my problems with Common Core: 1) The Obama Administration went around
Congress and State Legislators by having Governors sign up for this before they
even knew what was in it. They were forced into making a deal with the devil or
they wouldn't get their millions in stimulus money. 2) 90% of CC expenses
are born by the state, but the State Legislators never got to vote on this. 3)
Incredibly enough, the State School Board committed to CC before the standards
were even written. 4) CC is completely run by special interest groups who will
profit exponentially as the years go by. 5) The curriculum is mediocre and
cannot be changed in the slightest because it is controlled by the Federal
government. I could go on and on....but do I really have to? Do we understand
how dangerous it is to have a NATIONAL EDUCATION SYSTEM WHERE THE PARENTS LOSE
ALL CONTROL OVER WHAT THEIR CHILDREN ARE LEARNING? Shame on all of you who say
so much money has been spent and that is a reason to keep it. Ask Communist
countries how well they like having no say over what the government teaches
Any education system that promotes the government interfering my childs
education by tracking their mental and behavioral statuses, making teachers
afraid to speak out about its inefficiencies, takes away creativity, art, PE,
recess, and science to promote a student learning how to test instead of skills
that will foster a desire to learn, entrepreneurship, ideas of the future, etc.,
is not for our kids. Run of the mill students won't get our country
anywhere. Kids that cant get into the best universities because the curriculum
put them behind, is not for our kids. Kids that cant critically think or
brainstorm because they have been taught to follow is not what we want. In fact
studies show that our country fostered more business creation, creativity,
entrepreneurship, and economic development BEFORE standardized tests and
teaching kids to "test".
Thank you Utah for taking a stand against common core. It is encouraging to know
South Carolina is not alone in this. We feel if people realized the implications
of the program they would fight it for all they were worth waving a flag for
freedom! Please do not be complacent about this.
From the National Review Online, perhaps the most conservative, anti-Obama,
anti-socialist publication available:"As education scholars at
two right-of-center think tanks, we feel compelled to set the record
straight...Common Core offers American students the opportunity for a far more
rigorous, content-rich, cohesive K–12 education than most of them have
had. Conservatives used to be in favor of holding students to high standards and
an academic curriculum based on great works of Western civilization and the
American republic. Aren't they still?"The misinformation,
distortion, and misplaced fear about the Common Core is absolutely astounding.
New York educators are now suggesting a pause in implementation. I wish
there had been more open and honest debate before the changes were made.Jenny HatchHomeschooling Mom in Cedar City
I'm saddened to see so many unthoughtful comments, but if readers are
interested in facts rather than personal attacks please read the following
articles and refute the points there. Unfortunately constricted forums often
generate more heat than light. Please google the following articles
"What is Common Core: 101 Christel" an "Not with my child you
won't" for some excellently cited/researched/referenced articles.
Common Core is a "Trojan horse" of the left.
@JBQ Your entire post contains a lot of hyperbole and "chicken
little" arguments. How is Common Core a "front for world socialism"?
What does Common Core have anything to do with religious standards or gay
marriage? Can you please explain using facts and not your personal opinion?
@JBQ"Common Core is a "Trojan horse" of the left."Care to elaborate so the rest of us can be enlightened?
Love, hate, or care less about the common core -- or Utah core as it was named a
couple of years ago. The standards are not the problem. Some of them are
questionable -- especially for the younger grades; many of them are
misunderstood -- see those who complain about teaching materials as if they
actually were the standards. But the problem is the testing -- the COST
of the testing, especially! About $38 million was paid to a firm to help
develop the new tests. Millions have been and millions more are proposed to be
spent on the computers, programs, band width, etc that the new tests are made to
be used on. Countless hours that could have been spent on teaching and learning
are devoted to having our children sit in front of a computer screen to take a
test that essentially tells us exactly what the teachers could have told us
about the knowledge and skills of each student already.I really can't
believe that I actually agree with one of the ideas of the nut-job groups that
oppose the CC. When it comes to the testing, OPT OUT!!!!! Refuse to be
part of the testing scam.
I'd be more worried about some of the text books that Common Core uses than
Common Core itself. As part of my high schools Community Council, I've
seen a couple of the history books suggested by Common Core and there is a lot
of revisionist history in these text books. There is a definate lean to the
left in these books. Especially where more modern history is concerned. Fact
Word is here in the state of Washington that CC sends home questionnaires for
kids' parents to fill out asking about political affiliation, religious
beliefs and so forth; which, though I am not ashamed of my lifestyle, I
don't think it needs to be used by the school district.I have
learned by experience that when ever someone announces a 'new program'
to solve problems that it is usually a money pit. More often than not, the best
solution is to go back to basics and work the problem - rather than to invent
new ways to help students feel better about numbers, colors and vocabulary.We have a kindergartner who is burnt out on school. He is expected to
do 2 hours of homework every day, he leaves home at 7:30am gets home at 3:30pm
--- dead tired, wanting to play and there just isn't enough hours in the
day. New education isn't working, no matter what you call it: CC, No
Child Left Behind. Lets get back to basics.
Apparently the defenders of CC don't read through all the comments before
asserting opponents are scare-mongering and uninformed because I have read a
number of comments with references and details similar to what I have found in
my own research.One thing I found was a statement by a famous world leader
in education: "Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have
sown will never be uprooted. Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a
Bolshevik forever."Vladimir LeninDeja vu, anyone?
I am totally and firmly against Common Core. It is another way of "dumbing
down" and we are dumb to allow the federal government to take over our