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To the editor,

 

Who’s driving the bus? More important, where is it taking our children and the future of our education system?

These seem to be reasonable questions to ask, especially when our school officials and politicians want to spend $34 million on the trip. For the past several months, I have attended numerous presentations on both sides of the Common Core debate and, as yet, I have seen little or no reason to support Common Core Standards.

Without one shred of evidence, no statistics, no data, no modeling, no critical evaluation, some of your public servants have the nerve to resort to name calling to sell the goods (i.e. “Tea Party Folks”, “fear mongers”). Since when has it been too much to consider logic and reason from concerned citizens by the education elite to show some courtesy, and respect for the common man footing the bill?

Who’s behind Common Core Standards and the purpose of the program are relevant questions and concerns. The apparent breakneck speed of which corporate fascism is moving in all areas of our society certainly concerns me. Last week, Superintendent Fred Hoffman, in letters to the editor stated that Montana schools provide a world-class education to our students. If that is true, possibly the rest of the world should be looking to model education after our system. Reading the National Governors’ Association report on Bench Marking for Success, I discovered many narrow views on education. The report’s focus is on international trade and business demands for “human capital”. That is how narrow the focus is, your children are considered as mere “human capital”. This is inconsistent with our State Constitutional mandate, (Article X, Sec. 1), “It is the goal of the people to establish a system of education which will develop the full educational potential of each person”. Math, science, and English are surely great skills that each and every child should master, but what is left out of Common Core is the history of our Republic and limitations on government that have had the most profound effect on the growth and prosperity of our nation and the world. The great experiment with freedom is inconsistent with international standards and this move towards globalization through our education has great power to change our ideology, morality, and conscience as a nation. Great caution should be exercised before entangling education goals with foreign nations with opposite views of individual freedom and limited governance. 

 

Bob Wagner

Harrison