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Letters to the Editor

Common Core uncommonly bad

The Common Core is a one-size-fits-all, centrally-controlled curriculum for every K-12 subject. Its stated goal is to ensure that students across the country are learning the same thing at the same time. Sounds good … until you dig into the details.

Common Core replaces classic literature with government manuals and delays certain math concepts so much that future students will be 2 years behind current students in math by the eighth grade. There also are privacy concerns for students and families due to a data-mining component.  

Please join the Sauk Valley Tea Party at the Loveland Community Building at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the growing concerns of educators and parents.  

Karen Lewis (Chicago Teacher’s Union) stated Common Core is an airplane that we are building as we fly it, and parents and teachers united have the power to stop the Common Core. The tea party rarely agrees with Karen Lewis on anything, so the fact that we agree on this is an illustration of just how bad this is for the future of education.

As we have seen, the results of previous top-down federal education programs (No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top) have been less than impressive and have been frustrating teachers since their implementation. Educators and parents across the nation are discovering that Common Core curriculum does not achieve its objective of  improving K-12 education. In fact, this approach will eliminate educational innovation, locks in place an unacceptable status quo, and hinders efforts to develop academically rigorous curricula, assessments and standards.  

This event is open to the public. We encourage parents, teachers, school administrators and school board members to attend – whether you agree with tea party values or not.  We must stand together to protect the quality of education in this country.

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