Common Core goal student indoctrination
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DEAR EDITOR:

It’s my understanding that the Common Core Curriculum was a bi-partisan effort of the national governors association and a similar organization of the superintendents of education with lofty goals.

It’s also my observation that the Obama Administration tied some stimulus money to participation in it.

The next step, predictably, will be the forcing by the feds of a curriculum that will be objectionable. They have our tax money. They can bribe compliance.

When we look back in this years in the future, we will see that Gov. Nathan Deal and state School Superintendent Barge have been played like saps.

Education of children should be a local thing, not something dictated by people in D.C.

Ms. Berens, Marietta School Board Ward 7, the train wreck you said that will occur if this is stopped (MDJ article on Common Core, May 10), will be the eventual indoctrination of Georgia school children, if this proceeds.

Don Spruill

Marietta
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Against military
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May 14, 2013
Being against Common Core in Cobb is hurting our military families. With our military transfering from base to base it is important that the kids of our military force have the same general curriculum in the three R's as their counterparts in other states. The arguments against having a common core curriculum generally make little sense and seem to be more political then real. Support our troops and their children and keep the politics out of it.
Laura Armstrong
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May 17, 2013
Nonsense. I'm a military brat and can't believe you'd bring these kids into the argument. What's hurting our military families are liberal ideas and plans of action, such as the political correctness that is rampant in the Common Core curricula. Common Core is nothing more than Marxist group-thinkers trying to round up all the states to implement specific statist ideas into local curriculum. Look more closely at the requirements and this is blatant. Cobb schools are consistently among the nation's best, at least in our northern arc. When you look at south Cobb schools, where social justice education and more liberal ideas of curricula are more prevalent, you see lower scores, not higher. (Now that's a conversation everyone is afraid to have). William Ayers, friend and mentor to Obama, once bombed the Pentagon. He is also the grandfather of Common Core. Connect the dots. "Education is revolution," he told the communist sympathizers in Venezuela. Yes, this is connected to local efforts at approving Common Core.
frogbreath
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May 14, 2013
Don-

"Education of children should be a local thing, not something dictated by people in D.C."

"The next step, predictably, will be the forcing by the feds of a curriculum that will be objectionable. They have our tax money. They can bribe compliance."

Amen and amen.

its colutic
East Cobber
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May 14, 2013
Mr. Spruill,

Have you even read the common core standards? When you do, I think you will be quite embarassed by your comments. The Common Core Standards have nothing to do with curriculum. The individual school districts set the curriculum and should continue to set the curriculum.

Instead of spouting off about some indoctination conspiracy, I suggest you speak directly as to which specific standards you oppose.

I think most can agree that a child should be able to read a story and repeat back the subject of the story by the time the child reaches 3rd grade. I think most can also agree that by 2nd grade, a child should be able to add and subtract.

These are just two examples of the common core standards.

I suggest we act to improve the standards. If there is a standard you disagree with...lets fix it. Not dismiss all of the standards because you believe that they are part of some indoctrination conspiracy. This is what is making it impossible to improve the education system in America. People need to work together to improve the system. Not just take shots at the standards with no clue as to what the standards actually are.
Laura Armstrong
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May 17, 2013
And the IRS wasn't targeting patriot groups, and Obama's Czar of Education was clean of character (not) and statist bureaucrats always have the best for our children in their hearts. Yeah right.

Common Core advocates removing mind-expanding fictional/literature from our schools and promote our kids reading politically correct EPA documents (making good little statists is a priority of all Marxist governments).

Call this a conspiracy if you want, but activist entities have been trying to take over America's education system for decades. They needed a Marxist president to help do it. They needed budget crisis after budget crisis to do it.

CCSD administrative staff, government workers with an interest in big, statist, federally funded central offices, are of course going to be for this scheme. This is no doubt why they put all their eggs in the Common Core basket. How do regular Americans fight this? First we have to listen to well-informed people like Don Spruill and see what's really going on.

Too funny
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May 18, 2013
Laura, what are you talking about? Please provide credible sources for your information or please stop regurgitating extreme right wing talking points.
East Cobber
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May 20, 2013
Again Laura...you fail to address one actual standard that you disagree with. You are just spouting off more uneducated spin. I suggest you actually read the standards before you spout off your conspiracy theory drivel. You are exactly what is causing the dumbing down of America. It seems that your are against any education because it might be a communist conspiracy to indoctrinate our children. How ridiculous you are! I am waiting on your suggestions to improve our education standards which differ so much from the common core standards or are you too uneducated yourself to offer any suggestions.
SW Gal
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May 22, 2013
Common Core Standards drive curriculum. CC standards are untested and unproven. Take the time to check this for yourselves. The only mathematician (Dr. James Milgram) on the CC Validation Committee said that the CC math standards will place our students about two years behind their counterparts in high-performing countries. An expert in English education (Dr. Sandra Stotsky) said that CC’s English language arts standards consist of “empty skill sets . . . [that] weaken the basis of literary and cultural knowledge needed for authentic college coursework.” She also suspects from her analysis of work done so far on the standards that the reading level deemed sufficient for high-school graduation will be at about the 7th-grade level. And CC revamps the American model of classical education to resemble a European model, which de-emphasizes the study of creative literature and places students on “tracks” (college vs. vocational) at an early age.
Too funny
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May 14, 2013
Indoctrination in to what? Quit with the Tea Party paranoia. Education in Georgia faces enough challenges without your crazy conspiracy theory baggage.
Base brat
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May 15, 2013
As someone in the military with two kids in school, we do need common standards with other military communities in different states. It has been a big problem when we change bases. In Cobb county with many militay kids it is even more important.
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