I received this email yesterday and (with permission from Sue to post) thought I would pose the question to parents, do you know what’s in your child’s school books?
I just thought you would be interested and I want to let as many parents as possible aware of my experience. I have been a homeschooling mom mostly since my now 17 year olds were in 3rd grade. We recently moved to Springville and that combined with other circumstances led me to try public school for all my 7 kids who are of school age (I have 2 younger ones still at home.)
It has a positive experience so far in many ways but I continue to dislike common core on many levels and I have really been concerned about what is and isn’t being taught in history. So concerned that I decided to ask my 6th grade child’s teacher if I could borrow a copy of the history books he is teaching out of.
Appalled is the ONLY word I can think of to describe what I found there! It’s a world history book and the section on the US is maybe 4 pages long. It has no mention of our founding fathers but teaches abundantly about Karl Marx and his “wonderful ideas”.
The section on Christianity is a joke but the section on Islam is lengthy. It’s just ridiculous! !
Needless to say my kids will either be transferring to the local charter school that does not use common core and teaches much about our founding fathers or it’s back to homeschooling.
I think the media needs to hear about this! Just thought you’d be interested.
Do you want to be a solution to problems? Speak up to teachers, principals, and your school board. I recently filed a GRAMA request with the state and in correspondence with the legal council for the Utah State Office of Education, I was told the request was going to be charged to me because they felt it was primarily of private interest instead of public since state board members had not received a single complaint on the subject of the selection of the new superintendent. I happened to know this was false but this is how things work. If you don’t speak up, those who do get more easily isolated. It reminds me of a few years ago when in the course of a single month, I was contacted by 4 separate families who went to Alpine School District to complain about Investigations math, and the very same administrator at the district office told each one of them that they were the only parent to ever complain about the math program. Each left wondering if they were the only one to speak up. Unless we all speak up about the problems and work to get our neighbors informed and to do it as well, we will continue the downward slide into government controlled curriculum and indoctrination. I am so thankful for those of you that do speak up in meetings, emails, and phone calls. Please keep pressing forward.