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Common Core standards not good for students | Letter

I have been looking in the paper for something from Rich Elfers and Wally (DuChateau), but not a word. What I am talking abut is Common Core education standards.

These standards represent an acceleration of the dumbing down and nationalization processes in effect in our public schools, private and home schoolers. Since the main national standardized  tests, SAT and ACT, would be based on the new educational standards, private and home schools would also be forced to teach according to Common Core standards for English language and mathematics classes.

One of the groups behind common core is Achieve Inc., which wrote its national standards. Achieve received most of its funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Other backers and promoters are and include unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers and former governor of Florida Jeb Bush who led a conference sponsored by General Electric who also owns NBC and MSNBC.

Common Core’s subpar standards would replace classical literary masterpieces such as the works of William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, T.S. Eliot and C.S. Lewis with simple brochures, restaurant menus, technical manuals and government pamphlets.

The purpose of literature would no longer be to expand children’s creative thinking and vocabulary skills, but rather to make them practical components of a managed world economy and labor market. Current state math standards would likewise be dumbed down by the new Common Core standards.

Twenty-six states are already fighting this, so call your state legislators now and go to your school board meetings, as well as telling family and friends. After all, your children and grandchildren’s welfare and education are in your hands, not the government’s.

If you don’t believe me look up Common Core for yourself and be informed.

Neal Grove

Enumclaw

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