OPINION — On Wednesday, March 5th, Southern Utah parents of children attending K-12 grades will be afforded the opportunity to be educationally fed and informed on all things Common Core.
Common Core is a little known set of common standards that the state of Utah along with 45 other states and the District of Columbia adopted back in 2009.
One drawback to a national curriculum is that local control of education is no longer local, but instead controlled and administered by government far away from where your children attend school.
Albert Einstein said “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” In other words, those who created the problem cannot solve it! So who did create this problem? More importantly, who will solve it?
The problem was created by state school boards and governors who put the obtainment of federal education dollars over constitutional principles, limited government, and most importantly, what is best for our children.
What we have today is a crisis and those who helped create it are being protected by many in our state legislature. We have strayed so far from what our founders intended as ends to education: knowledge and virtue.
Classroom learning has been replaced with high stakes testing. Teachers are also being hurt by the new curriculum- art and history are being replaced with testing and more testing. Many teachers love for teaching is diminishing but they are afraid to speak out.
Utah’s politicians cannot solve this problem alone, the wisdom from We The People is required, that is where you come in. Man is not capable of solving the education crisis in Utah simply because we were not endowed with the sacred responsibility given from on high to nurture.
The answer lies in mothers! Mothers who understand Natures Law. Natures Law is found simply by observing nature. No sane person would question a mother bear attacking a hiker that strays too close to her den of cubs. You have the right to protect your cubs, will you sit down for one evening to learn of the dangers threatening them? Mothers who firmly believe that “Parents are, and must always be, the resident experts of their own children.”
It will take a little sacrifice to learn the issues and become involved, you are busy, you perform little miracles each day raising up your children. Alisa Ellis, the presenter, is a Utah mom of 7 who has done her homework and you will be well informed by the time you leave. Our Founders gave us a Constitutional Republic, a system that works best when the citizenry are engaged, informed, and aware.
I am happy to be a watchman on the tower but a watchman is useless without cavalry and archers to heed the call. Each of us has benefited from sacrifices and efforts that our parents made while we were still too young to understand. Now it is time for us to be willing to do the same for our children.
Submitted by Ryan Schudde
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- When: Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m.
- Location: Dunford Auditorium, Browning Building, Dixie State University
- Contact SouthernUtahEd@gmail.com for more info
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