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Common Core bad for DODDS

A movement to dumb down the education of our children is gaining acceptance. It is called Common Core State Standards Initiative (aka Common Core). Common Core is a set of unconstitutional national standards that will drive curriculum taught to students in both civilian and Department of Defense schools.

How was such a controversial plan advanced so fast? The federal government used Race to the Top funds as a carrot for quick national acceptance. Federal involvement forcing a national curriculum begets indoctrination and bureaucratic control of ideas.

The most successful school systems are not in wealthy suburbs, but on military bases. Regardless of race or socioeconomic level, military brats succeed — with 97 percent graduating from high school and scoring among the highest among all students nationally, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Advocates promote Common Core under the guise it will make it easier for students to transfer to another state when only a total of 1.7 percent of all students transfer each year.

Questionable academic quality, nontransparent creation, rushed adoption and an expansion of student data-mining exposing personal information — all give concern.

Many education experts, including some members of the Common Core State Standards Initiative Validation Committee, believe that Common Core will only lower the bar and will adversely affect the quality of education our children will be receiving in Department of Defense schools. Why tamper with success?

Maj. Terry A. Smith (retired)
Decatur, Ala.

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