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  • Ann Copier SANDY, UT
    Sept. 20, 2011 6:27 p.m.

    My letter published in the Reader's Forum was written out of complete frustration. I have been an educator in a highly impacted school where more than eighteen languages were spoken. Do I think one size fits all for these students? No! My children have been involved in gifted programs. honors and AP classes in the public school system. They have become competitive and successful students and have been accepted into prestigious universities and very competitive programs. Do I think that one size fits all would have worked for them? No! The common "cure" curriculum is just another new curriculum that supposedly will be the answer to our public education's woes. Even though a consortium (special interest group) were involved in developing this program, it is funded by the federal government through the back door. Do I want students to learn what I believe is morally correct? No! I want them to learn the morals that are in the constitution by the people and for the people. They are the morals that this Godlike country were founded on. I want education to remain at the local level, where we can decide our children's academic and moral education.

  • BResponsible Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 12:54 p.m.

    It is obvious that the writer of this letter as well as Mivalian, Maverick and Heretic are very basically uninformed about the Common Core. In the first place it was not developed by the federal government. The Common Core has been developed by a consortium of states with Utah taking a leading role.

    Please don't criticize something that you have so little information about. As one who has heard several in depth presentations on the Common Core, I am excited at the potential this has for our children and wish that I might have had the benefit of this Common Core when I was a student, especially in math classes. Perhaps I would have enjoyed and understood mathematics more completely.

    As Utahns we should feel grateful and proud for the leadership role our state has taken in this movement rather than jumping to unwarranted conclusions and criticisms.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 9:30 a.m.

    When I read letters like this I think the sky must be falling and I didn't get the memo. The federal government does not have total control over education with the implementation of these standards. It makes sense to know that educators and the private sector have come together and have said that these standards are what are necessary for educating our students in the 21st century. Everyone against public education has said for years that there is no rhyme nor reason as to what gets taught in our classrooms with the 3 R's. Now that there is rhyme and reason people want to get upset with that as well? No wonder those of us in education keep scratching our heads and asking "What do they want?"

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 8:46 a.m.

    "Why do we even need teachers in the classroom? A robot could stand in front of the room and spew out all the information that our students are required to learn."

    How many robots do you know would work for 30k per year? I don't know of any! Robots would be far more expensive.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 8:06 a.m.

    What's this letter about?
    Try and focus _____and not be so distracted.
    You don't like education? (outside of your home)
    You hate the federal government, that's apparent.
    You think schools should teach children YOUR morals?

    Children would not be bored trying to follow your letter.

    Midvaliean: Just like Texas rewriting their version of history, we can have even more confusion and people like Perry who kinda believe in science, States rights would be fine if you never leave that state I suppose.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    Sept. 8, 2011 7:12 a.m.

    The power to indoctrinate our children, worth something? The federal government thinks so, as its making a power grab to do just that, and has been since the "No child left behind" act.
    The power of our community to create educated people that reflect OUR values and work ethic is being diminished by those who want to have everyone "one the same page." Just something to be aware of. If the worse case scenario happens, and the Feds take over education, then the last line of defense is the parents, who need to be in the know of what their children are being taught, but more importantly, what are children are NOT being taught.