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Readers’ Forum: June 15, 2014


Indoctrination, not education

The concept of the Common Core federal standards to so-called “properly educate students” can be very dangerous.

The federal government setting education standards and measurement for teaching kids “how” to think or “what” to think is different than teaching kids “to think.” Uniformity, or one-size-fits-all education standards, is no guarantee they will be high and objective educational standards. Indoctrination is not education nor has it ever been education.

Common Core does not make for a better or a more excellent educational or learning foundation, but merely content, standard and procedural control over the learning of all students.

Teaching and measuring one way of thinking, or one way of solving a problem or basically assembly-line educating from national educational standards, is opposite that of teaching from individual student capabilities, strengths and weaknesses; and training and teaching student minds to think and analyze, and to compare and contrast.

The content of Common Core educational texts will necessarily be selective in subject matter, content, language and point of view. The necessary diversity of teaching from every student’s abilities would become secondary, to eventually being eliminated in all school systems.

Any format of Common Core and/or assembly-line teaching will and has caused many students to end up not learning.

The concept of Common Core standards for education, for all students and for all school systems and corporations instituted by the government, is consistent with an authoritarian government theory of education.

— Charles Bean

Terre Haute

We can take action on gasoline prices

I totally agree with Mathew J. Voll’s letter of June 10. The way I see it, if we (the people) want to control the gas prices, we will have to do what we did back when the price of gas got over $4 a gallon.

We are going to have to limit our trips, and the amount of gas we buy. If we slow down on buying gas, we have helped control the gas prices. We did it then and we can do it now.

— Gary Purcell


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