Common Core is a mistake
Who isn’t interested in improving education and helping our students become more competitive in the global economy? If that’s what the National/S.C. Common Core Standards were about, we’d all support them. However, parents are being defrauded about what is rightfully theirs.
For parents and grandparents, the authority to work with your local school board to improve the educational standards will not be an option. National standards were devised by a group of 30, only two of whom were teachers...and those two said the standards had severe deficiencies.
Other states have tried Common Core and found that student scores dropped by two grade levels. The standards do not prepare students to enter a four-year university. “Teaching to the test” restricts teachers from broadening the scope of material and demotivates students.
As taxpayers, all South Carolinians will pick up the tab for this unfunded mandate. No cost analysis was completed prior to accepting the standards. Millions of dollars have already been spent on data collection with estimates at over $275 million needed to meet online testing requirements.
As Americans, we should all be alarmed when private data is collected and “laundered” to the federal government. Didn’t we learn anything from the Obamacare, IRS and NSA debacles? Do you want your child’s/family’s personal information (i.e. Social Security number, religion, voter record, bus drop-off time, family income, etc.) handled by government bureaucrats?
So, what can you do? First, go to SCPIE.org and get the facts. Second, call your senator and ask him to become a co-sponsor of S300, a bill to repeal the Common Core Standards, to be voted on in July 2014. Third, spread the word to other parents and grandparents.
Let’s keep education in the hands of capable teachers and those who care the most...the parents.
Why not just legalize pot?
After reading the article on the Gallup Poll that showed a majority of Americans supporting the legalization of marijuana, I cannot help but wonder what it is lawmakers are worrying about when it comes to just legalizing it already.
People will misuse marijuana either way. I believe we have all come to terms with that, so if there are people who actually need it for medical purposes, why not just let them have access to it?
If anything, it will avoid further lobbying for and against the issue and free up valuable time for more pressing topics to be addressed – the state of our nation's finances comes to mind.
Just a thought from a college student who is worried about his financial security after graduation.