From: Becky Tingey
To: Francis Gibson, Lowry Snow, Patrice Arent, Richard Cunningham, Steve Eliason, Greg Hughes, Brad Last, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, Jim Nielson, Val Peterson, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Dean Sanpei, Keven John Stratton,
Subject: Get us out of CommonCore!!!
Date: Thu Feb 20 11:09:59 MST 2014
Body:
I am writing to you, the House education committee, to get Utah out of Common Core.  Here is the letter I wrote to the Governor.  It applies to you as well.

Dear Governor Herbert,

We are the parents of five amazing, intelligent and beautiful children. We love being parents and we take our responsibility to teach them very seriously. We also believe that the family is the fundamental unit of society. What is taught and takes place in the homes across the nation is the deciding factor of that nation’s greatness. We teach thrift, love, service, hard work, kindness, compassion, belief in God and keeping of His commandments and many other noble aspirations. But our efforts as parents have been hindered because of a growing concern in our nation.

We appreciate the responsibility that we have as parents to defend our children in all things harmful. There has been something brought to our attention within the last year that we feel is destructive to our children and all children in America. That is Common Core.  We feel that those individuals who have pressed this upon the American people have assumed a power that is not theirs. 

We understand that the National Governors Association and The Chief Council of School Officers were greatly involved in creating the standards and the curriculum of Common Core. We know that Utah has signed on and has within the past couple of years implemented those standards and curriculum. We are asking you as parents of children who are affected by these measures to get Utah out of Common Core! We do not want the standards and the federally controlled national education. 

There are many things that we do not like about Common Core. We do not like the data collecting involved. We do not like the movement away from traditional math instruction. We do not like classical literature being largely replaced with informational text. We do not like the school system taking away those teachings that instil in our children sound morals and religious beliefs. But above all, we do not want the federal government running a national education program and deciding the standards and curriculum for the American children.

 The thought of having government decide what is in the standards should frighten each and every parent in this great nation. We should do everything in our power to prevent such usurpation of powers. Those who study and know history can unmistakably see that men in power will always seek control through whatever means necessary. We must do all that we can to prevent such men from gaining this kind of power over the minds of our children. 

 We feel that educating of children should always be run on a local level where parents and teachers can work together to find what works best for the children. Ultimately,  it is the parents that have hired the teachers and school boards to teach their children. We are the individuals with the right to decide what our children should be learning. And that would be different for every state, county and city across this nation. A “one size fits all” approach is not the answer.

 Parents need to stand up and claim their rights. That is why we are beseeching you to help parents. We are standing up for our rights as parents. We are asking you, as our representative, to stand up for our parental rights and to get our state out of Common Core. We are pleading for a return to local control. 

We are aware that there was great money involved, and has been for many years, for states to sign on to common core and many other federal school programs. We know that the states that have adopted common core standards did so without even knowing what was in the package. Money always is a huge motivator for those in high positions.

We must ask ourselves if we want to be the ones responsible for educating children for a work force? Shouldn’t we be educating them for their individual purpose in life so they can live a full, beautiful, free and happy life?   

We feel that Utah can lead the way out of this. We can stand up for freedom and rights. We can return to an education program that we know will work and not be influenced by federal money. We are the “beehive” state for a reason. We are industrious and self-sufficient.  We can be the leaders of great education for our children and families. We can be a great influence to the nation. 

Please hear the pleading of two very concerned parents. Please get us out of Common Core, because we are not common. We are exceptional!

 

Sincerely,

Craig and Rebecca Tingey

953 E 2675 N

North Ogden, Utah

rwtingey@yahoo.com or craigtingey@yahoo.com