Mr. Henley (letter Jan. 22) is misinformed about Common Core and his reaction is over the top, because it isn’t socialism, and we don’t need to rush our kids out of public schools to rescue them from leftist “indoctrination.”
First, the example he cites from his daughter’s 8th grade class has been in the California history curriculum for decades and isn’t new or radical propaganda. Wealth inequality has always been in textbooks and is specifically cited by economists as one of the major causes for the Great Depression. Moreover, relating historical facts to current events has always been good teaching because students are learning how (not what) to think.
Second, Mr. Henley is wrong to imply that Common Core is an un-American or Big Government assault. Common Core is a creation by state governments to reform education and develop student skills that are essential for the 21st century, like critical reading, analysis and effective writing.
I thought that conservatives prefer state rather than federal control over schools, but I guess Mr. Henley really doesn’t know what he’s talking about.