Letter from teacher Donna Garner to USOE about Common Core   Leave a comment


To:  Utah State Office of Education

Re:  Common Core Standards

From:  Donna Garner, Retired Teacher


National standards lead to national curriculum and national assessments. Because the Common Core Standards Initiative will implement a national database, individual student’s assessment scores will be tied back to their individual teachers. To keep their jobs, teachers will be forced to teach each day to their students whatever is on the national assessments. The national database will have student- and teacher- identifiable data that will end up being shared with unnamed persons and federal agencies. 


The Common Core Standards and Race to the Top are the Obama administration’s takeover of the public schools by the federal government.


The Obama administration’s social justice agenda will become the curriculum taught each day to our public school children. The Obama administration has already changed the Title IX definition of the word “sex” to mean “gender identity” instead of “male” and “female,” and the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) agenda is being forced upon every government agency and institution.  It is being promoted to the public schools under the “bullying” agenda; but instead of emphasizing that no children should be bullied, the Obama administration is fixating all its efforts on the bullying of LGBT students. 


Utah and other states will completely lose their state and local control if they adopt the Common Core Standards. Teachers will no longer be allowed to teach what they believe are the important knowledge and skills that their students need to learn. The Obama administration will make all curriculum decisions for the public schools based upon whatever that administration desires to push upon the next generation.


Utah must pull out of the Common Core Standards and write its own standards. Texas has already completed the adoption of ELAR, Science, Social Studies, and Math curriculum standards and will proceed to Health and Fine Arts standards next. Utah can do the same.


Donna Garner


Retired Teacher

Posted April 24, 2012 by Christel Swasey in Uncategorized

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