LETTER TO THE EDITOR
The following information regarding Common Core teaching standards is extremely important. Please read on.
Common Core are copyrighted standards owned by the National Governor’s Association. They cannot be changed like our Massachusetts standards. Our Mass. state guidelines set the basic standards but schools can achieve far above them. Common Core does not allow that latitude. CC standards are far below Mass. standards, which is how they mean to have all students on the same level – leaving the higher achievers out in left field. There is no individualism with Common Core.
For years Mass. education system has led the nation as having the best achievement scores. CC has eroded the gains made by our own Mass. standards. We are slipping because of Common Core.
Common Core was a political decision made by Gov. Patrick and Commissioner Chester – neither were educators. We need to have public input in the education of our children. Restoring community and parental involvement can only be done by getting rid of Common Core.
Our children are NOT standard and they are NOT common!
Please sign the petition to put the Common Core question on the 2016 ballot.
Marie E. Nieber (Northborough Tea Party)