This letter to the Editor of the Finger Lakes Times, LETTER: Despite senator’s comments, ‘new approach’ to Common Core not new by Gerald Masters of Geneva states,
“Researchers at the New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE) have published reports that use facts to refute unsupported claims made by Common Core’s cheerleaders. Helming asserts “major changes.” NYSAPE researchers characterize the changes as “minor tweaks to verbiage and placement.” Helming shills for Albany that “the new standards focus on educational equity, closing achievement gaps and providing more opportunities for students.” Standards can do no such thing. Parents and NYSAPE know better; resources can.”
Mr. Masters is correct however resources alone won’t solve the problem of mis-education in America. New York State, especially, boasts that it spends more per pupil on education than any other state in the Union, and that is true. It is also true that the majority of the money spent never reaches the child.
Administrative salaries and costs, common core curriculum materials, testing materials, charter school subsidies, and general mis-management of funding all usurp valuable educational tax and lottery dollars away from actually providing America’s children with an excellent education.
However, even if these dollars were well spent, we would still not be providing our children with the education they deserve.
Our children deserve a system of education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their natural gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens that will choose a career path that brings them personal and financial freedom.
Education must teach every child that they are wonderful and have something wonderful to offer the world so that they will feel like and be an important member of society who works together with their fellow citizens to effect a better world for all.
We must educate our children to be the leaders of a world where righteousness is the norm and respect of self and others the ideal.
It is then that America will be the great nation it was meant to be, a beacon of peace to the world.
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