What is Common Core? The short definition – It is a top-down, federally funded, one size fits all takeover of the education system as we knew it. In March of 2013, I saw a Glenn Beck show that featured a State Senator from Texas. He was providing information regarding an agenda he called “CSCOPE”. I was curious, since it sounded like an issue that couldn’t possibly be happening here. By the time the interview was completed, I was stunned with what I had just heard. The next day, I was on the phone calling the State Senator’s office in Houston, TX. They gave me information that a bill would be introduced on March 7, 2013, to stop CSCOPE and all its components. In the following days and weeks, a few friends and I banned together and began to do research on CSCOPE. The truth is, CSCOPE turns out to be the Texas cousin of Common Core.
I drafted a letter to 40 representatives in the State of New Jersey. I asked for written responses. Since it was over the Easter weekend, I decided to be patient and gave the benefit of the doubt to the recipients. In early May, 2013, I had received exactly four (4) responses. Three from Congressman and one from our State Senator. The Congressman all had the same response. (paraphrasing) “Sorry, but this is not a Federal issue, you should contact your State Senator…” I did so; he stated that he had never heard the term “CSCOPE nor Common Core”, but promised to be diligent, and would get back to me very soon.
We continued our research and became more and more determined to get to the bottom of what was happening. What we have come to know in the past year is appalling. We have managed to get our State Senator to introduce legislation in August, 2013. However, since we couldn’t get co-sponsors with enough courage to sign on, it ran out the clock to the end of the year. Luckily, the bills were re-introduced in January. They are now available to view in PDF form at http://www.st.nj.legis.gov. The bill numbers are S252 and A990.
This is the beginning of the story. I am new to WordPress and blogging, however, the words need to be made public and the children need our help. As a parent and grandparent, I cannot sit quietly while my precious children are forced to become sheep to the government’s fold. Our children need our help, if not us, who – if not now, when???