The article below was written by the Chairman of the Common Core section of the Watchdog Committee of the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers’ Association, Kim Fink:
The NC Legislative Study Committee on Common Core has recommended a repeal and replace piece of draft legislation that will be up for a vote in the short session of the General Assembly.
Obviously, this has the proponents of nationalized education digging in their heels with all sorts of dooms day scenarios that a repeal would cause. The Big Business, Big Government and Chamber of Commerce advocates are spending allot of money on radio and TV advertising, trying to build public support to put pressure on legislators not to repeal Common Core. Since this is an election year, money talks. There are two sides to every issue, and the compliant, and complacent Media has made it difficult to get the opposition opinion out. I pray that our legislators have done their own homework and will support the repeal of Common Core in NC.
Common Core is copyrighted, it cannot be altered by state or local school authorities. The schools can Add 15% content, however, they will not be tested on that content. Cursive writing is an example of what NC has “added” that is being used to demonstrate how “flexible” these standards are. The combination of taxpayer-funded bribes, ( like Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind waivers), outright deception (like globally benchmarked standards that has yet to be seen, or proven) and rampant bullying by the Educrats leaving most teachers fearing retaliation for complaining, is truly alarming.
Dr. Sandra Stotsky (member of the standards committee that wouldn’t “sign off” on them) has stated that the texts and analysis are used to guide students’ thinking toward a pre- determined outcome. The new buzz word will be consensus, and building towards a global community.
This is NOT the America I was educated in.