I commend you for teaching in the inner city schools where few dare to go. Hopefully there are some children that see your example through all of the chaos and use it to fuel their effort to better themselves and their circumstances.
Anyway, I am continuing my ‘information campaign’ and will be referencing your article and sources. I plan to write letters to the editor at various papers, and local online ‘Patch.’
One argument I’m using that seems to get people’s attention is this… Our family recently moved to our new area in part for their superior school system. We pay a premium in taxes to pay for the schools. If everything is now going to be so standardized and centralized, for what will we be paying these hefty taxes!!? I know there’s a lot of answers to this, but people around where I live are proud of our schools. If they find out what Common Core is, and the potential harm it can have, I think (and hope) parent’s will stand up. Fingers crossed. Thanks again!
Oh!! Remember to let people know that this issue pertains to people who do not have school age kids too. Because their taxes will be supporting this new legislation. And everything we as liberty loving people do today to save our Republic will be for nothing if big gov’t standards completely take over our schools.
There is enormous missed opportunity within our youth. I was speaking with a friend who works for the Ayn Rand Institute. He works with a lot of teens and young adults. His perception is that they do not like ‘labels…’ conservative, liberal, democrat, republican, etc., And that they are concerned with civil and economic liberties. It seems to me that if we could all unite and get behind our Constitution and have that be the focus, it would appeal to a greater audience. We need to explain to them that the further we stray from our Founding Docs and principles the less civil liberties they will enjoy.
Easier said than done, I know. Great article!!
I really appreciate Celia’s answers and insight. Especially, the one where she wonders how politicians can look their children in the eye and tell them they have a bright future – knowing they are spending it away!!
It is all so infuriating. But with young women like her (and the others ’round here) speaking out and getting involved, it gives me hope that our future generations have a fighting chance.
To say that the heart wrenching massacre in Newtown Connecticut was a tragic loss is an enormous understatement. As you know, in reaction to that horrible day, controversial legislation is being debated daily. It hardly gives you time to properly grieve, or wrap your brain around it… the unfathomable loss of innocents.
Cary, Illinois is home to one of the latest controversial reactions to the Newtown heartbreak. Their high school recently concluded a ‘code red’ drill complete with simulated gun fire. Starter pistols were shot in the hallways apparently to create a more real-world experience.
Proponents of the drill say this kind of tactic will better prepare kids in the very rare case of a real life scenario.
Opponents state the drill went too far. They fear the gun fire, combined with the drill could have been too traumatic for some kids.