Don’t Let Our Schools Become “Fed Ed”

If you haven’t noticed, there’s been a lot of screaming about the “Fed Ed” program in our schools. Federal Education commonly referred as Common Core.

We don’t have children in school any more, but we do have grandchildren and great grandchildren about to enter the system. My biggest concern is this: The reason for the change is to get the United States in the upper percentage levels with other countries.

So, lets just break this down in a way I think everyone can understand the common core math. Below is a third grade math question.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking
You can think of 6 4 as six groups of four objects. If you buy 6 binders for $4 each, then the total amount of money you spend is $4 + $4 + $4 + $4 + $4 + $4, which is six groups of $4.
What the heck is wrong with 6 X 4 = 24?
I bet half of my readers know their math tables to this day. In fact the united States have used their math skills to invent some classy products. Did you know that George Crum invented the potato chip? How about Alfred Butts inventing the word game scrabble? Or, Mary Anderson inventing the windshield wiper?
Sometimes it’s better to go with the old clichés: “If it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it.”
Our kids are doing fine. If we can just keep the politicians out of educations, we’ll continue to invent and thrive.
I received this letter from a Covington student, who asked me for a donation to support the Covington Buccs Football program.

Dear Arens Corp.,
Thank you for your support of the Covington Buccs Football program. Your donation to our Lift-a-thon supports us through out the season. Our Lift-a-thon was a huge success for the whole team. Personally, I set a new max on all three of my lifts. I invite you to join us in the fall with our season opener against St. Henry at home on August 29th. Your support of our team makes this community an amazing place to live. Thank you once again.
Sincerely,
Ben Kuether

I try to support as many school function that I can, but rarely do I get a letter thanking me for the donation. There have been some, and I appreciate every one of them.
I think you’ll agree, that this young man is doing just fine with the education he’s receiving. And, if I really knew the facts, I bet he has some very good parents too.
This week’s bottom line: Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.
Aristotle

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