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Common Core has diverse critics


Miami residents, did you know that Common Core opponents are all “white suburban moms” or “politically silly?” U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s use of the pejoratives show his disrespect for the substantive concerns associated with the implementation of Common Core Standards across the country as well as in Miami-Dade County, which is home to the fourth-largest school district in the country. Miami-Dade’s population is 63 percent Hispanic population and 19 percent black — and 51 percent is foreign-born. White, suburban, and politically silly?

Student data collection, lower standards, loss of parental rights, fallacious textbooks and the lack of local control of education are all components of an ongoing discussion by education stakeholders.

During a recent town hall at the Urban League in Liberty City, hosted by Miami-Dade School Board member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, there were opponents to Common Core in the crowd. Residents, a pastor and a student all had questions about the data collection and the money being spent on these standards, which could be used more effectively on other community programs. The same concerns were brought up at an Urban League meeting in Palm Beach County.

In Florida, at the three videotaped hearings regarding Common Core, the diversity of the opponents to Common Core in the audience clearly lays false the secretary’s comments. Secretary Duncan’s assertions are not only baiting, but also incorrect.

Student data and student education should not be used as marketplace commodities. Whether urban, suburban, rural, white, black, Hispanic, poor, middle class or affluent — we all care about our children.

Luz de los Angeles Gonzalez-Maribona, Miami

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