Letters: Common Core controlling

Published: Sunday, June 23 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

In an effort to improve our nation's education system and make students better prepared for college and careers, a new set of standards is now sweeping across classrooms throughout the United States. It's an approach call the Common Core and it has been heavily discussed at the Education Nation summit.

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One inaccuracy in David Thomas' editorial: Common Core is not amendable ("Nothing sinister about Common Core," June 18). Yes, you can add up to 15 percent, and the state board is "adding" cursive handwriting. But nothing added will be tested, so why add it? And you can't change, substitute or delete anything. The copyright is owned by a private company. Our state can't change one word in it.

The math and language arts standards may not be so bad. But what happens when the history and science standards come out? How do you get a middle ground nationally between the socialistic, historical revisionists and the strict constitutionalists? And what about the environment and sex ed.?

So far the "standards" aren't a big problem, but it is better to leave the creation of standards to local districts. No, they will not all be perfect, but that way no administration, political party or power group can take control of the educating of our youth. By having Common Core in place they can.

David N. Cox

Lehi

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