Alabama State of Representitives
United States of America

College and Career Ready Standards also known as Common Core puts strict limitations on local teachers and their teaching methods. It is putting a thumb hold on how parents help children with homework. It is holding back smart kids and not allowing them to succeed. If Common Core is ended it will greatly improve the United States education system.
We need YOU to act in the great state of Alabama to protect the future of our children and grandchildren’s education. In Alabama, as in over 40 other states, the state adopted the national Common Core standards in English and Math in 2013, and the aligned standardized tests, in order to score points on a federal grant competition. This is an abdication of state sovereignty (which the Founders intended to preserve citizen-directed government). It is also a blue-print for further federal takeover that end-runs the legislature.
So what do you get, when you cut the people and their legislatures out of the process? Dumbed-down standards! Alabama now abides by the national Common Core standards, and they are of poor quality:
They fail to prepare students for studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They put our students two years behind their peers in high-performing countries by eighth grade, and they are even worse for high school.
In English language arts, Common Core severely de-emphasizes 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.

We, the parents of students in Alabama have been victims of the brokenness of Common Core. This petition is to show that we know that there is a problem and it needs to be fixed. We request that the teaching of Common Core Curriculum be discontinued.

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The Rid Alabama of Common Core petition to Alabama State of Representitives was written by Jennifer Withers and is in the category Education at GoPetition.