Still many questions around Common Core issue
To the editor:
To begin, any discussion of Common Core needs to state that many of the people who created it are earning large profits, if not also being politically motivated. If you look, not even really closely, the system is revealed to encourage socialist indoctrination and the dumbing down of our children and educational systems.
There are too many grassroots movements to ban Common Core across the country, including in Oregon, to just accept it at face value.
The guest column in the April 9 Herald states that "standards don't tell teachers how to teach, don't dictate learning strategies, and don't determine topics or content" when that is exactly what these standards do.
Here are just a few of the areas that worry me as a parent and past educator.
All roads lead to algebra? Well, now actual algebra will begin one year later leaving no time for college bound students to fit calculus into their schedules, hence widening the college gap.
There is constant subject content political bias, including misquoting the Bill of Rights and suggesting to sixth graders it is outdated. One book highlights the ten Pillars of Islam while neglecting other religious comparisons.
There are continual reading selections and even math word problems that suggest the group collective is superior to individual freedom.
Equally disturbing is the need for teaching to the hours of tests required for student information collection to be compiled in a massive "preschool to workforce" data base that will be widely accessible. These areas include just the tip of the destructive iceberg that is Common Core and I fear our children are all passengers on the Titanic.
May ballot measure worth a yes vote
To the editor:
Last Spring I made a motion to table the library project. Although that motion didn't see a vote, it started a conversation that lasted for many months to follow.
Because the money is already bonded (borrowed), we'd have to pay an enormous pre-payment penalty to return it, so we must spend the money on something in the urban renewal plan.
After reviewing project options, I feel the new civic center project is the best way to spend the money.
This new plan is not the library project we saw last year. It's a new plan. It's a better plan. The building would house a library on the first floor and all other city services the second floor, consolidating the city, lowering operating costs and vacated properties will be sold.
While I still believe we should not spend tax increment financed dollars on civic projects, in this situation I think this plan is the best way to serve the community long term.
Ballot measure 3-436 asks your permission.
Yes = we move forward with civic building.
No = the money still gets spent, we revisit project list.
Canby City Counselor
(Editors note: To read full letter, check out www.facebook.com/CanbyHensley)