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LETTER: The more closely you look, the worse Common Core appears

Andy Peterson is a big proponent of the Common Core standards. Why wouldn't he be? He is the president and CEO of the Greater North Dakota Chamber. The business community considers itself a "stakeholder" in the education of Herald readers' children.

Andy Peterson is a big proponent of the Common Core standards. Why wouldn't he be? He is the president and CEO of the Greater North Dakota Chamber.

The business community considers itself a "stakeholder" in the education of Herald readers' children. It looks at our children as a workforce in training.

And if that is all we are requiring of our educational system, then Common Core is the answer.

Common Core will minimally prepare our students for the non-collegiate workforce or for non-selective community colleges. Such standards emphasize the lowest common denominator.

These standards never have been tried or tested. In essence, this is a national experiment using virtually all of our country's children.

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I am a well-read, educated, concerned North Dakota parent who has talked with national experts on the Common Core Standards. I have looked in to the associated curriculum, textbooks, testing, assessments and data-mining.

And I am vehemently opposed to these standards and all that comes with them.

I am looking for an educational system in North Dakota that fosters the love of life-long learning and the abilities to think critically and independently and to be leaders, adventurers and achievers in a free America.

I am not looking for an educational system that promotes "limited learning for lifelong labor."

I encourage everyone to get informed by actually researching all aspects of the Common Core standards.

Now is the time to become involved in our community and stand up against this "national, one-size-fits-all" overhaul of our educational system.

Lori Prokop

Fargo

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