In addition to responding personally, we thought we would share the following letter from a northern Ohio grandma that expresses well the frustration and fear felt by parents, grandparents, teachers & students all over the state, many of whom are just seeing this quagmire hit their kitchen tables:
“I am writing to you as a concerned – no – terrified grandmother of a 6 year old who will be going into the first grade in the fall – the same time Common Core will begin implementation in Ohio public schools. I have written to Gov. Kasich several times only to be brushed off with a form letter praising Common Core standards. Ohio needs to be the next state to opt out……..yesterday. I’ve seen horrible examples of the math where children no longer use two steps to solve a problem but have to go through 108 steps (as one school in Oklahoma has students doing) and the awful language arts assignments where children have to choose the more “emotional” verb to complete a sentence i.e. “nagging” as opposed to “asking.” The thought of my granddaughter and all the other children in public schools having to sit at a computer to be “assessed” is terribly disturbing and an invasion of personal privacy. And the rewriting of history is just another way of indoctrinating children who have no idea what’s happening. I and my other concerned moms and dads and grandparents need to know that you will do everything you can to stop Common Core in Ohio. 23 states have already amended or repealed Common Core. PLEASE make Ohio the 24th state. Thank you.”
Sadly, Governor Kasich’s response is mentioned often in these emails.
In fact most of the electorate’s frustration rests with Ohio Republican officials, and rightfully so. Ohio Republicans could stop FedEd’s illegal interjection into our state today, given their super-majority in the House, and healthy majorities in the other branches.
Instead too many Republicans (and there is a working list) “brush off” or “Alinsky” their constituents, most of whom know far more about the nature and design of this boondoggle than their elected representatives (whose salaries and Cadillac benefits constituents are forced to pay for life).
Only two options exist for any official who continues to behave this way:
1. They cannot or will not learn about this issue.
2. They are statists and benefiting in some way from its implementation.
Both are unacceptable.
How unfortunate that the majority of Ohio’s elected Republicans have made it crystal clear that the majority citizens gave them in 2010 and again in 2012, will be wielded – in silence or deed – to ensure the continued suffering of Ohio families under the burdens of both nationalized healthcare (via Medicaid Expansion) and education (via RttT/Common Core).
To them we offer the prescient words of Samuel Adams:
“If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”
Oh, and the Whigs called…something about chasing two rabbits and being hungry on election day…