Regarding “Turning a simple idea into a political football” (Our Views, Dec. 10): Common Core is considered, by those not afflicted with the progressive mindset, to be basically flawed while presenting noble goals, such as improvement of academic standards. This is another case of elitist stealth toward those who value constitutional, individual and religious liberties and resist efforts to erode these values behind the veils of education.
Common Core is financed with more than $150 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The collaboration of the Gates Foundation and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization has been well publicized. Quoting a well-written article by Mary Jo Anderson for Crisis Magazine: “Some have decried Common Core as the nationalization of American education. Far more dangerous, however, is the globalism of Common Core that demotes American values, undermines American constitutional principles and detaches students from their families and faith.”
Common Core is simply the newest attempt in the decades-old battle (Outcome Based Education, Goals 2000) to impose a U.N. globalist worldview aimed at “peace, sustainability and economic stability at the expense of freedom.” Let's hope our legislators will do what it takes to utilize the good ideas in Common Core, such as teacher training and compensation, and leave out such things like globalizing conformity in Oklahoma's academic standards.
Robert Rogers, Cimarron City