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Urges learning about Common Core education

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To the editor:

The federal Common Core education system was offered to states as part of the stimulus package with the Race to the Top objective. State boards of education accepted grant money in exchange for incorporating the federal Common Core system for K-12.

Common Core stresses global diversity versus American traditional history and values. Frequent testing is done to add to a required database for each child. Newer ACT and SAT tests will incorporate Common Core, but transition scores will cause problems, as reported in a Courier article March 13, 2013, by the regional superintendent of schools.

About 45 states have signed on, mostly without legislative approval or knowledge of content. Lessons are computerized so parents cannot see content. All phases of education, including math, literature, history, etc. -- are included. The books suggested for reading to accompany classes look suspicious as to purpose.

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A very elaborate federal database is required on each child from preschool to age 20. Who will get access to this? Is this to be used to group students for ability for college from an early age, and will those not fitting some criteria not be allowed? Many other questions exist on use of the database.

All schools are included in Illinois, including most private and even home schools. It will be difficult to pass newer ACT and SAT tests without Common Core.

The Common Core System has no history of use yet. Shouldn't state and local educators have control of what your children are taught? The content of Common Core is being questioned by many states since details of Common Core are just now available.

Please research yourself on many Internet websites that promote and criticize Common Core.

Gary Freese

[Posted March 29, 2013]

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