Niagara Gazette

Opinion

November 25, 2013

CONFER: An introduction to the Common Core

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Niagara Gazette — I also encourage letters to the editor from proponents of Common Core. I know there are a bunch of you out there somewhere, behind the scenes, maybe, or this wouldn’t have been foisted on Americans so quickly and so quietly.

It is my hope that during and after the series I will have given you, the reader, enough ammunition to join any of the numerous coalitions of angered parents and educators (or you could start your own) so that we can turn back the tide on these onerous, intrusive and dim-witted standards and get back to the tenets of what had made the American educational system so great before the infiltration of the federal government and standardized testing in the late 1970s/early 1980s.

Simply put: We need to get back to basics, back to local control in education. We need to let the teachers teach and the parents parent.

Common Core doesn’t allow for that. It robs us of our powers and our rights. Its resulting bureaucracy will only continue to put us further behind and widen the already disheartening educational gap that exists between our nation and the rest of the industrialized world.

Bob Confer is a Gasport resident and vice president of Confer Plastics Inc. in North Tonawanda. Email him at bobconfer@juno.com.

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