Dear Commons Community,
Today, Monday, November 18th, is “National Don’t Send Your Child to School Day” in protest against the Common Core Curriculum. The eighteenth of November is significant because this is the first day of American Education Week, and is also Revolution Day!!
While no official group is backing the protest, grassroots organizers are promoting the protest on SayNoToCommonCore.com and through social media, including the Facebook page, “National Don’t Send Your Child To School Day… November 18, 2013.” The protest organizers are asking parents to:
“Please participate in this event and encourage everyone you know to do the same! We recommend that you keep your children out of school on November 18th and help us send a message to the federal government. We the people want evidence-based curriculum that is locally controlled and which does not require data mining our children. Instead of sending your children to school on November 18th, get your children out in public and raise awareness by educating others on the dangers of the Common Core State Standards!!!”
This is a worthwhile cause. The U.S. Department of Education has blinders on in terms of school reform and is out of touch with parents and educators. Its policies have been poorly conceived and poorly implemented at the expense of the children in our public schools.