Common Core will standardize creative thinkers

December 3, 2013

Dear Editor,

I am very alarmed about the threat of the Common Core educational plan being implemented in our schools.

Education engineers with no background in education are radically seeking to change the education policies in our nation. Their plan would change the mission of schools from teaching children academic basics to training them to serve a global economy in jobs selected by workforce boards. They have slowly been advancing this plan and have in recent years brought it out of their “laboratories” into the light of day. They started with the nation’s governors.

On June 25, 2009, our Governor, Jay Nixon, signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) committing our state to begin implementing this radical global education plan. By bypassing all elected officials on school boards and in state legislatures, the National Governor’s Association enabled federal funds to flow to the governor and his appointees on workforce development boards. School superintendents, local school boards, parents, students, and taxpayers were completely left out of the decision.

Senator John Lamping was alarmed by our governor’s action to commit our state to something so far-reaching without public involvement. So he authored a bill, SB210, requiring that Common Core be put on hold until each district in the state had the opportunity to see the plan and get a cost analysis for their district. Because of a filibuster the opportunity to preview Common Core was killed.

Common Core is focused on producing global workers, not creative thinkers. Students are forced to standardize not only their school work but their very thinking. Bill Gates, who has giving huge amounts of money to get Common Core implemented, says, “We won’t know if Common Core works for maybe five years.” Do we want this experiment performed on our sons, daughters and grandchildren? And why does our children’s thinking need to be standardized?

I am urging all good parents and grandparents to arm yourselves with factual information about Common Core. Don’t settle for the “standardized” talking points from the Department of Education that have been given to our superintendents and school officials. Often, these officials are unaware, through no fault of their own, of the background behind these talking points. Get informed!

Marlyn Trautman