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Commentary on an Article About Feelings About Common Core in Utah

Below are quotes from the article “Many Utahns oppose, misunderstand Common Core, poll shows,” By Benjamin Wood, followed in bold by my commentary.

“Many Utahns oppose, misunderstand Common Core, poll shows,” By Benjamin Wood

“Political insiders say Utah should keep Common Core. A new survey of Utah political insiders shows bipartisan support for maintaining the Common Core State Standards.” That definitely depends on your definition of “political insiders.”

I think insiders are people who know what is really going on, whereas the person writing this article thinks political insiders ae those holding political office. These are not one and the same. This shows us that we need to vote those holding political office, who are not against common core, out, fast, including Brad Dee, my Rep., who, I am ashamed to say, will not listen to me and did not come to the anti common core rally I attended, because he supports common core.

“Schott said he was surprised by the low number of poll participants who were familiar with the Common Core considering the ongoing discussion by lawmakers and the recent push by Gov. Gary Herbert to review the state’s adoption of the standards.”

These are people we have yet to reach.

“That tells me that there is a very vocal group that may not be a majority, but they’re driving the conversation on this,” he said.

This is not likely true. Statistically, for every politically vocal person, there are 50 people who agree with that person who have not showed up. That means if 500 show up to an anti common core rally at the state capital, there are 25,000 who oppose common core. It does not mean that if 500 protest, those are the only 500 against the common core, and everyone else is for it.

“As more people become informed, more people oppose Common Core because they see that it is destroying local control of education,” Norton said. “It is shifting decision-making away form the local level, even the state level, to the federal level.”

Amen, Oak Norton. Amen! The U.S.Constitution as originally written, left the power to mqke decisions about education, in the hands of the States. Since the U.S. Department of Education was created, this power has gradually, and now speedily, been handed over to the Federal Government. This is wrong. This power belongs to the states! The Constitution Party is the stongest third party in the Nation, and is against the Common Core 100%. I have read its party platform and have left the Republican Party for the Constitution Party. This is my recourse. I must be one in a sea of millions, who completely abandons the two party system, in order that we may find at least a three party system! I recommend reading the Constitution Party platform at http://www.constitutionparty.com/our-principles/2012-2016-platform-and-resolutions/

“In particular, she said the majority of Utah’s public school educators recognize the Common Core as an improvement over the state’s previous standards.”

Uh, huh. Well, not my mom. She is a public school teacher and she just sees it as, the next piece of torture teachers have to go through to change everything again. She is so sick of people making teachers learn yet another new system. But, she is just one person. The others all applaud it. She is just uninformed about what they really are. She thinks they are trying to make her learn a whole new system, but in reality they are not–she is just misinformed. Right?

“There are a lot of supporters, and the greatest supporters are these who are actually using the standards in their classrooms,” Dickson said. “The intention is to help kids be ready for their future, and I think teachers who are using these standards, by and large, know that.”

Really. Hmm.

“The poll also asked participants who should have the primary responsibility of both setting achievement standards and determining how to reach those standards, with the most popular response in each case — 42 percent and 56 percent, respectively — being a combination of teachers, parents and local school district administrators.”

Hmm, really? As opposed to all Utah voters? My neighbors, who pay taxes every year and have grandkids in school, should not get a say on what goes on with education? My Uncle, who loves his grand nieces and grand nephews, should have no say? Wrong! Every citizen above age 18, every voter, should have a say in this!

“The Utah Constitution grants the State School Board power to establish statewide education standards, but local school district administrators have traditionally been empowered to set curriculum and policies for reaching those standards.”

If this is true, then, since the Governor appoints them or appoints candidates for us to choose from, then we have a flawed system which must be changed, because there has been exercised, too much power in the hands of the Governor. We, the people of the State of Utah, never got to vote on this. It is quite obvious that we want to. Give us that power, or take the appointing of candidates right away from the Executive Branch of the State Government. The school board members and the Governor have made a bad move, in selling our states’ rights to the Federal Government!

“Surprisingly, the Legislature even came in behind the federal government,” Schott said. ”

So Utahns don’t want the Legislature meddling, or I guess the word they use up on the hill is ‘micromanaging’ schools. They don’t want them setting these standards for schools. They don’t want them to tell schools how to meet these standards.” Well, not the ones who are in office now, that is, and not anyone who gets in office and shows favoritism to the standards. Let’s take the pro common core politicians out of decision making seats and put them into the seat in front of the television instead. That is where they belong.

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