Common Core shifts decisions to Washington

To the Editor:

I'd like to respond to a recent letter from Worthington student Alyssa Hubbard and the district's decision to drop AP European history from the high school curriculum. The timing of that class being pulled and the implementation of Common Core is hard to overlook -- even if the class has been reinstated.

On the surface, Common Core looks harmless enough. States were given "stimulus" money if they adopted Common Core, and it's designed to ensure all students are learning the same material. The local districts can still teach whatever they want, but the tests will be designed by federal educators so naturally the curriculum will have to teach to the tests, as has become common with No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. Common Core is being heavily promoted by many Democrats and Republicans alike, as well as Bill Gates and Jeb Bush.

However, there are so many unanswered questions concerning Common Core that there are now many states in the initial process of trying to repeal it. Questions are being raised about issues like data collection of our children and who and what businesses will have access to this information. It appears Common Core is at a minimum the marriage of big business and big government. Personally, I believe Common Core is going to do to the education system what the Affordable Care Act is getting ready to do to our health care system. The more you look at it, the less you like it.

I would encourage all parents to educate themselves about Common Core. Visit ohioansagainstcommoncore.com. Ultimately, the question comes down to who is best suited to educate the children of Worthington? The citizens of Worthington or federal educators in Washington?

Unfortunately, Alyssa, I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest Common Core will heavily de-emphasize European history, but please don't let that deter you. Follow your dreams.

Samuel (Trey) Musgrove