We wish to extend our sincerest appreciation to the Belton-Stroup Funeral Home for the not only professional but compassionate way our family was treated during the very difficult loss of Eva Graham, our mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, GG, Aunt and friend. Thank you John Stroup for the personal way you so kindly addressed our whole family.
— The Family of Eva Graham, Fairborn
What’s wrong with Common Core?
Apparently, Common Core is quickly becoming one of the top political issues in Ohio. In 2010 the Ohio Legislature accepted the Common Core program in order to be awarded a portion of the $4.2 billion Race to the Top federal funds. (Note that, at that time, the standards for Common Core had yet to be developed.) Since that time, several of the 45 states have either reconsidered or totally withdrawn from Common Core.
On April 12, 2013, the Republican National Committee adopted a Resolution rejecting Common Core. Ohio is reconsidering as well – House Bill 237 is currently being debated. On April 9, Ohioans Against Common Core held a “Bring Your Legislator to Class Day” in Columbus, attended by 600 parents, teachers, and other activists. I found a comprehensive summary of the event, including speech excerpts and valuable links, at www.brietbart.com or you can view the video at www.OhioansAgainstCommonCore.com – here are a few tidbits I picked up from this event: Common Core is unconstitutional, it is extremely expensive ($2 million to comply in Fairborn City Schools alone), it is not an educational model – it’s a workforce development model (with onerous data collection), standards were not researched or tested, and history is being re-written.
So how can you learn more about Common Core? I’m sure you have seen TV commercials in favor of Common Core – they send you to www.LearnMoreGoFurther.org. Dr. Terrence Moore of Hillsdale College will discuss Common Core at the Miami Valley Citizens Informed meeting at the Washington Heights Baptist Church, 5650 Far Hills Ave., Dayton, on April 29 at 7 p.m. If you want to see if listening to Dr. Moore will be worth your time, I recommend you check out some of his many YouTube clips.
Common Core is a complex issue, but the ramifications for our kids, teachers, and education system are enormous – we owe it to ourselves to become “educated” on this issue. Once you make an informed decision about Common Core, contact your elected officials (including school board members) and let them know – be an informed citizen.
— Carolyn Uecker, Lt Col, USAF (Ret), Fairborn