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Give me liberty or give me death!

I’ve noticed that some people allow themselves to become paralyzed into not speaking or acting, out of fears like:

1.  They might not know it all.

2.  They might be seen by others as too outspoken.

I’m here to encourage you to speak anyway.  Believe it or not, I did not even know what Common Core was, one month ago.  I’ve learned by reading documents available online, reading official websites and comparing them to the documents, writing to my local and state school boards, calling my representative, interviewing the U.S.O.E. and its legal arm (you learn as much from what they refuse to answer as you do from what they do answer) and talking with other parents and other teachers. I’ve attended local and state school board meetings and read the minutes they have to keep for public record.

If you don’t know what to say, just ask questions.  The burden of proof is not on you; it’s on them.  Ask officials to back up their high sounding claims with legally binding evidence and documents you can read for yourself, unhurried, with a highlighter.

Once you realize that THE EMPEROR IS WEARING NO CLOTHES, where Common Core is concerned, and that cutting ties with Common Core is a win-win for teachers, taxpayers, and kids, you gain a lot of confidence and you can think of more and more and more questions.  Soon, you are full of faith.  You see that if we can only get these facts out to enough people with honest hearts and a love for liberty and education, we can turn the monster of Common Core around.  And this is what I believe.

I don’t fear the U.S.O.E. coming around and reprimanding me or taking away my teaching credential, just because I’ve spoken out to them about the Common Core Initiative.  This is America.  We are allowed and encouraged to civilly disagree and to engage in lively debate. 

If you feel caught in the spiral of silence as an educator, parent, or citizen, and you are afraid to speak out, it’s only because you perceive that you are alone in your feelings.  But you are not alone.  So speak up.  Don’t you wish the 1940s Germans had spoken up and had asked pointed questions before their Jewish neighbors agreed to get on the trains?  We do not know where losing liberties, bit by bit, will land us.  So speak up and ask away.  Don’t be afraid to look foolish.  There is no stupid question.

Contention is bad, but lively debate is good.  Don’t be silenced by those who label all dissenting opinions as bad.  The freedom to debate and offer dissenting opinion is a precious freedom.  We are not living under a rule of iron-fisted consensus yet.  If the pressure to conform and to appear united ever edges out freedom of speech, freedom of religion, or freedom of thought, then there is too much pressure to conform. 

We can disagree without making personal attacks.  We  can disagree  without venom. 

Disagree, with dignity.

Posted April 25, 2012 by Christel Swasey in Uncategorized

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