Plainly and simply I just want to encourage people to read this…
It is from Utah. Put together by these FOLKS. Why read it if you are not from Utah? It is chock full of incredible information about what is happening with the Common Core…how it originated. All of the answers to many of your questions can be found here. It is Utah specific in some spots. But really the overall agenda is a national one and it is made clear in this pamphlet written for Utah legislators.
Our Blue Hats are off to these men and women who are working so diligently. They are super organized!
There is one thing I want to point out though. It is a problem I have with many anti-common core movements. It is here, in this quote from the booklet…
“Representing thousands of Utahans, we implore you as legislators to try
freedom. Release school districts from education mandates and let them adopt
whatever high standards they want to set for the children in their care. It’s not
too late to protect Utah and preserve local control of education.”
The problem that I have? Too many movements are still asking for freedom instead of just reclaiming it. I hate to sound like an agitator. But when someone seeks to remove your freedom without asking you…they aren’t likely to ever give it back because you asked nicely. I asked my local school to let my daughter opt out of standardized testing that was Common Core aligned and they said we were breaking the law. I asked nicely more than once…they said no. Finally…we just behaved within our freedoms, our moral freedoms, and they had to concede. Gandhi didn’t ask for Britain to leave India alone. Martin Luther King Jr, didn’t say “please”. These men led people towards retaking their rightful freedoms and without untold numbers of people being willing to stand up for what was right and not what was “legal”….nothing would have ever changed. We have a moral imperative to behave in a way that is ethical, peaceful…and that protects the education of our children. Asking permission to do so, asking for legislators to look out for us AFTER they have sold us down the river, isn’t likely to work. Parents and teachers and schools must have a coordinated, peaceful, respectful but firm complete shunning of what is NOT working and damn the protests and lamentations of those passing down CCSI on our schools.
Taking back our schools isn’t defiant of us. It is just returning things to how they were before they began trying to control everything. What we need, is a new way to stage protests and actions where teachers will not lose their jobs for teaching in ways that are appropriate, creative, and educationally rich. To be clear, I do find merit in asking and going through appropriate channels. But at this late stage in the game, a whole new field is required before all is lost. That is my ten cents worth this evening…
(please forgive any typos…tis late and I am weary!)