Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Upcoming local “Common Core” discussion event


Like it or not, the ‘3 R’s’ of our youth – readin’, ritin,’ and rithmetic,’ have been replaced by three R’s driven by political correctness.  Rather than giving our children the basic skills necessary for a productive adult life, we seem all too consumed by the need to program their behavior.


A bit of searching on 3 R’s will bring up a bewildering array of subjects that have nothing to do with mastering the fundamentals of knowledge.

We here at Side have no background in education in the formal sense, and our offspring have long since made their way through the ‘public education’ system.   None-the-less, we find ourselves more and more concerned by the ‘institutional mediocrity’ we hear so much about.

So we thought you should know about this upcoming event related to “Common Core,” the newest highly touted thrust in the education world.  We know two of the speakers: Heidi Sampson, and Brunswick’s own Bob Morrison.  We think both are highly qualified to discuss the subject.

Here’s the announcement for the event that was passed along to us:

Are you interested in learning more about the Common Core State Standards, Proficiency-Based Diploma Law (LD 1422) and Smarter-Balanced Assessment? Major changes are coming to public schools.

Private and home school students could also be impacted. To learn more, please join us for an informative presentation sponsored by No Common Core Maine.

Speakers: Heidi Sampson – Co-Founder NCCM;  David Lentini - Former School Board Chair, NCCM Member;  Bob Morrison – Retired Superintendent, Principal & Teacher.

Who should attend: Parents, taxpayers, school board members, elected officials, teachers & anyone interested in education.

When: Tuesday, June 24th, 6:30pm

Where: Meeting room at the Unitarian Universalist Church,15 Pleasant St, Brunswick (across from the Curtis Memorial Public Library)

Find us on Facebook at www.commoncoremaine.com

We expect it to be a lively discussion.

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