Many are just now asking, "Just what is Common Core?" Well, here's what Phyllis Schlafly says about it: "Common Core means federal control of school curriculum, i.e., control by Obama administration left-wing bureaucrats. Federal control will replace all curriculum decisions by state and local school boards, state legislatures, parents and even Congress because Obama bypassed Congress by using $4 billion of Stimulus money to promote Common Core."
The government desires to track Americans starting from preschool. This is an effort to make kids more like "global citizens" rather than Americans. It has been backed by financiers like Bill Gates. Common Core is unconstitutional, and states have been lured into accepting the Common Core with Race to the Top grant funds and waivers. The federal government is the "enforcer". It is driving states into the "one size-fits-all" Common Core regardless of the fact that three federal laws forbid the federal government from directing state educational curriculum.In addition, the U.S. Constitution and state constitutions uphold the fact that education is a power reserved to the states and their citizens.
And it's not cheap: It is projected that full implementation of the Common Core will cost $16 billion-plus nationwide. Despite the $4.35 billion Race to the Top grants, about ninety percent of it will be paid for by states and local districts. Educators have described the Common Core as being like No Child Left Behind on steroids!
We are very proud of the fact that our family has had a substantial number of teachers for generations. And we are well aware of the classroom reality versus the false ideality of big government socialistic programs. With that said, we are deeply saddened that teachers today are being forced to comply with yet more government regulations. With the Common Core, even more rules will be put into place. Clearly, the Common Core will not only make students suffer, but also hard-working, good teachers. Caring teachers cannot do their job effectively with "big brother" government looking over their shoulders.
Please read this edition in its entirety and learn all you can about Common Core and how to stop it. There are several action points that we all can do to help stop this travesty. Read how you can help here: http://stopcommoncore.com/citizens-take-action/
Thank you and keep on keeping on!
Carrie Stoelting and Stacie Stoelting
Founders of Unite the USA