By DEANN NELSON
Did you know that a grand scale, national experiment - that's the whole country - is being performed on your children without your parental consent?
Your children are serving as guinea pigs for this unproven, untested Common Core State Standards Initiative. Yes, you read that right. Not one of them - that's President Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, every member of the New York state Board of Regents, and the Commissioner of Education - knows if the Common Core works; it never has been tried before. They say: Children will thrive; ALL will be ready for college or a career; Our country's economy will be "vibrant." Yet, everything we have learned about Common Core says these are lies. The truth: this initiative dumbs down education for your children.
Common Core State Standards Initiative is an indoctrination program. Its creators, President Obama, and Secretary Duncan think children should focus upon social justice and oppression issues worldwide.
Our government and the not-for-profit organizations pushing this new-old philosophy want children when they are young and malleable in order to mold and shape their minds. Isn't this the technique used by 1930s Germany and the Soviets?
Learning has a new thrust: Change beliefs, feelings, values, and behaviors. Reject the past, Create new values, patterns, attitudes, and beliefs. Focus on emotions. Reconstruct the student's habits. Students are to be governed by their habits, not by their intelligence. This transformation - its rightful name is Social Engineering - is hiding, invisible, in our schools through Common Core. What's missing from this new learning? Oh, yes, academics, knowledge, content, Truths, analytical thinking, logic reasoning.
The Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education are pushing Common Core on school districts, which, in turn, are pushing it on children and parents.
Tragically, many superintendents, teachers, and school board members do not have a clue as to the mind-altering destructive agenda of Common Core. Unfortunately, those school board members who are beginning to educate themselves about Common Core are wringing their hands, saying, "What can we do, our superintendent is pushing Common Core?"
School boards, heed the words of Chief Justice John Roberts: "The states are separate and independent sovereigns. Some times they have to act like it." Fire your superintendent if he or she tries to push Common Core in your district!
Take back local control of your district by the legal authority granted to school boards through the New York State Constitution and Education Law, Article 35, Section 1709, Sections 3 and 5.
Have your school district attorney take legal action on behalf of your district. Make Chautauqua County the model for ridding our schools of Common Core. Encourage other counties to come on board.
Our very liberty is threatened. Are we to be weak and allow our freedoms to be desecrated and taken from us by federal and state edicts?
Our government was created to be the servant of the people. Instead, it has become the people's master, with the individual existing to serve the purposes of government. Isn't that called totalitarianism? What will future generations say about us if we don't stand up and fight for our schools? Shame on us if we are apathetic!
Write or e-mail Assemblyman Al Graf, NY Assembly Education Committee: 991 Main St., Suite 202, Holbrook, NY 11741 or firstname.lastname@example.org. He, along with Assemblyman Andy Goodell, is working to repeal Common Core. Sign Graf's petition at: www.fixnyschools.com.
Deann Nelson is a Jamestown resident.