January 30, 2014
We need you to help us fight the national takeover of education! As you know, in 2010, Mississippi adopted the national K-12 Common Core Standards in English-Language Arts (ELA) and math in order compete with other states for funding in a federal grant competition called Race to the Top. Unfortunately, Mississippi did not win any funding but is still forced to implement the Common Core in schools across the state.
There is a groundswell of opposition that has risen up to remove the Common Core from schools across the nation. The process by which the states adopted Common Core was an abdication of state sovereignty and is a blueprint for further federal takeover where the federal government can bypass the Mississippi State legislature.
Parents across the nation are opposing the Standards for several reasons, including:
- Math Standards fail to prepare students for studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and put our students two years behind their peers in high-performing countries by eighth grade and even further behind in high school.
- ELA Standards de-emphasize the study of classic literature in favor of drab and simplistic “informational” texts. It does this despite the fact that the overwhelming evidence is that children should be reading more, not less, classic literature.
- Prominent child psychiatrists and psychologists have heavily criticized the standards as being age-inappropriate for young children.
These are just the highlights. There is much more wrong with the entire Common Core initiative including massive data-collection and tracking of Mississippi students, families, and teachers.
Common Core is the nationalization of education, and we know that when the government takes over, not much is done well. No Child Left Behind is leaving children behind; the Affordable Care Act is making healthcare unaffordable; and the Common Core is destroying the core of the American education system.
This year, we must reclaim our authority over education, defend parental rights, and push back against federal expansion by withdrawing from the Common Core and then developing world-class standards and tests under Mississippians’ control.
But, our leaders are not listening. They still have not decided whose side they are on – Mississippi parents, children, and teachers OR the big business (K-12 public education is a $600 billion per year industry), Washington, D.C., bureaucrats and special-interest groups.
All it would take to accomplish withdrawal from the Common Core is action from the Mississippi State Legislature. The legislative session is well under way, and it is critical that you take the action steps outlined below!
Call or e-mail Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and House Education Committee Chairman John Moore and tell them that you want a public hearing on Common Core in the House Education Committee immediately so that your voice can be heard. You should also tell them that you want to see Mississippi withdraw from the Common Core this year.
Speaker Gunn: (601) 359-3300, firstname.lastname@example.org
John Moore: (601) 359-3330, email@example.com
Then, call and email Governor Bryant using the talking points and email form below.
Governor Bryant: 601-359-3150