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November 18, 2013

Common Core’s Boogeymen

Cindy A. Rose


Del. Michael Smigel (R., Eastern Shore) posted on his Facebook page Sunday that he has “pre-filed” a bill and “… will be leading the charge to repeal "Common Core."


Let’s hope this legislation makes it to public hearing. It’s about time parents and local educators were heard on the subject.


For those of you who still don’t know, the Maryland Department of Education and the State Board of Education held ZERO public hearings on Common Core. Even our local Frederick County Board of Education did not keep us informed.


 Maryland had sit down meetings with 92 groups and agencies, but nothing for parents, despite the fact that these are our children, and our families are the ones with the most to gain or lose; the state chose to keep Common Core as hidden from view as possible until it was too late to stop. Or, so they thought.


The level of disrespect the U.S. Department of Education, the governor, the Maryland State Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and local Boards of Education have for parents is mind-numbing. It’s evident in U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s remarks: “It’s fascinating to me that some of the pushback is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who – all of a sudden – their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were….”


Mr. Duncan thinks we are too stupid to understand that Common Core standards aren’t rigorous, they’re just different. Corporate CEO’s realized there were billions of dollars to be had in the education industry so they set out to construct a mechanism by which they could get their hands on every dollar they could. All new books, all new resources, computer programs, computers, lap tops, teacher training, principal training, WiFi installation; name something in the classroom and it will change and therefore send money to some company, somewhere involved in Common Core.


These standards were designed in board rooms without the input of educators and parents, but by businessman, textbook publishers and assessment companies. They are designed to make wealthier the very individuals who concocted them.


They couldn’t even fathom parents smart enough and passionate enough to push back. Not only did they push back hard, but as a cohesive, non-partisan body from every political spectrum.


We know more about the Common Core Standards and the players involved than they ever imagined. Why? Because they targeted our children for their own monetary gains. Maryland sold our children out so it could receive around $300 million dollars in “Race to the Top” funds.


They’re delusional if they think parents, especially moms, will sit back and let that happen without a knock-down, drag-out fight. We are hard-wired to protect our offspring.


They shouldn’t be shocked when we come at them with teeth and claws sharpened in the amount of information we’ve gathered to use against them.


We know this is the same regurgitated crap the educrats have been trying to foist on the public for years – centralized education with all the control in the hands of those who seek to fatten their bank accounts.


I’m asking everyone to keep their eyes on Delegate Smigel’s legislation. When you see something, share it, don’t assume everyone already knows. Above all, we MUST make a strong, passionate, respectful, well-informed showing at any and all public hearings on this matter. We MUST let our legislators know that we do not approve of, nor accept, the Common Core Standards. We will remember how they vote on this matter.


If I get the opportunity to testify I will inform the legislature, if they chose to ignore the will of the parents, I, and others like me, will continue to actively encourage parents to override their decision by not allowing “our” children to participate in this education experiment. We will make sure our children are unavailable for assessment tests. And we all know the value of the “assessment.”


I hope Delegate Smigel’s legislation also puts forth language that prevents this sort of thing from happening in the future.


Our children are not guinea pigs and test subjects for corporate America. We know they see them as human capital and a means to money.


Corporate America’s vision of education is not a parent’s vision of education. Where they see worker bees fattening their bottom line, we envision happy, well rounded, inquisitive and creative individuals contributing to the quality of their lives and the lives around them.


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