Husband, father and grandfather, J.D. Erickson, Sioux Falls, wrote and posted this phenomenal piece about his experience with the Common Core. He has given us permission to publish it here.
I Am So Misinformed & Right Wing Conservative Nutty
From: Sustainability Café by J.D. Erickson
It would appear that I have made a terrible mistake. I came out against the latest attempt to fix our education system, known as Common Core. I even hosted a meeting attended by seventy-five people. Eight legislators, several school teachers and former school teachers, two school board members, parents and grandparents, came to hear two hours of factual information, all of which refuted recent remarks by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.
For the record, I did not discover a single person in the crowd suffering paranoid delusions. However, Duncan’s lies, clever half-truths, and other misleading remarks (June 25, 2013, American News Editors Conference) lead me to believe his kind are just too intelligent to be overcome. It’s like, August is soon upon us, and it’s time to simply let the weeds win, you know?
I have it on good authority that the people who wrote Common Core are so intelligent that we should just shut up, if not actually kiss their ____. Also, there were Belgians on the twenty-nine-member Common Core review board, and we all know that Europeans are more evolved than are we, and better acquainted with communist style education.
Leftist organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, etc. (the usual villains) have apparently given the Governor’s Association assurances that Common Core is good. What in the world was I thinking when I got all upset after speaking with a legislator and with a capital insider, only to learn that there are other, more important issues confronting the country, and that Common Core’s authors are really nice people?
I’m coming around to the idea that the next generation just isn’t worth my time. By the time their heads are completely empty, there will be “apps” that plug into the brain and they will know instantly how to flip a burger, or put on a condom, or that Pierre is the capital of South Dakota. Eventually, there’ll be no one left to write the apps, but as a former sage elitist Secretary of State has said, “What does it matter at this point?”
You can read more from J.D. Erickson at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Govern-Sioux-Falls-Locally/114522065284038