Tony Dolz - RSVP for Thursday meeting on Common Core with Orlean Koehle
I wrote an alert parents about Common Core in December of 2012. See letter published in The Acorn December 27, 2012 (Acorn has 350 word limit)
Common Core – Threat to Local Control of Schools and Parental Rights
The Conejo Valley school board will soon vote on the purchase of new books. Not so fast.
The school board has forgotten something important. We the parents have not been told all the facts, nor have we been asked for our approval.
As a refugee from a tyrannical government with centrally planned education (Cuba), I can help ask questions.
Are elites taking us blindly in the wrong direction?
CVUSD plans on buying new books to conform with a national “common core” standard. Whose “common core” standard? Glad you asked.
You and I want local control of education, parental rights over our children and protection of community values. Instead, the national common core values these books will etch into our children’s brains were dreamed up by government bureaucrats, national education elitists and book industry lobbyists.
You, the parent reading my letter, was not asked what you want your children to learn, am I right?
Do you want a failed government bureaucracy to impose a single national standard for education?
Picture this: eighth-grade reading proficiency in Detroit stands at barely 7 percent and math at 4 percent. Do you want a dumbed-down common standard adequate for Detroit imposed on our Conejo Valley students?
Cultural values run deep and give life meaning.
As an example, gender equality is important to the parents of Conejo Valley. In Dearborn, Mich., 41 percent of the population is of Arab descent; and the majority of those base their values on the Koran (a right I defend).
Gender equality under Sharia law is, at a minimum, controversial. Arbitrary policies compel parents to abandon public schools.
Isn’t it better if local schools reflected local values that supported rather than challenged the parents’ goals in educating their own children?
Is “common core” good for our children? I have questions; how about you? Let’s ask our elected representatives for answers. They are our children, and we fund local education with our taxes. Give us parents a voice.
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