From: Tricia Herdt
To: Jerry Stevenson, Francis Gibson, Steve Eliason, Richard Cunningham, Patrice Arent, Lowry Snow, Brad Last, Daniel McCay, Jim Nielson, Carol Moss, Val Peterson, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Dean Sanpei, Keven John Stratton,
Subject: Pass HB 342
Date: Mon Mar 03 18:13:29 MST 2014
Dear Representative,
I ask that you pass HB 342 to put Utah on its own higher standards for education that are created by Utahns, for Utahns. I have many concerns with Common Core and its overreach, but my most important reason is that after researching what Common Core is I don't feel it is better educational standards.  Last year my daughter began 7th grade Common Core math, after 2 months of frustration and 10 hours a week helping her understand it we pulled her out and now she learns math at home with an on-line program.  Since I am also a firm believer in the beauty of the English language and values taught in classical literature we teach this subject at home, also. I miss the days when English teachers had flexibility to tailor literature to fit the interests of their classrooms-like reading "Lord of the Rings" because of the movie.  I believe our culture will suffer from these changes, not to mention our value system.
Tricia Herdt
Syracuse, Utah