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LETTER: Civics proposal distracts from Common Core

I've seen the news stories about the proposals to make sure North Dakota students learn more about civics and our past. I very much appreciate the renewed interest, but I have to ask: Where did those requirements go in the first place?...

I've seen the news stories about the proposals to make sure North Dakota students learn more about civics and our past. I very much appreciate the renewed interest, but I have to ask: Where did those requirements go in the first place?

When I went to school, American history and civics were required. I have talked to many elderly people who have shown me the "Little Golden Book" that they opened school with every day; it featured Christian and American songs and prayers.

Last summer, I spoke with a long-time friend of mine who had something like 80 years in our education system, having been born here, educated here and retired here after an education career.

I asked him, not loading the question at all, "What is your opinion of Common Core?"

"It is the most dramatic destruction of our education system since the inception of the federal Education Department. One generation of Common Core, and our kids won't know what America is."

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Is the new emphasis on civics just a lame intent to revive something Common Core is intentionally destroying before Common Core is brought up to a vote of the entire Legislature? Good try, Department of Public Instruction.

Common Core is a horrible program. It should be scrapped, and local North Dakota standards and control should be kept in place.

Ron Shaw

Bismarck

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