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Despite Mary Scott Hunter’s picture-perfect image of Plan 2020, it has a dark side. Upfront, Plan 2020 looks like any other untested school initiative. It repeats the same promises of past failed reforms. But a closer look shows something quite disturbing. It reminds me of the movie “Blue Velvet,” which opens with a street view of a beautiful, immaculate house, a picket fence, a cheerful environment and a lush green lawn. Then the camera zooms in for a closer look and the scene of scraggly, crawly, formerly invisible creatures worse than maggots wiggling in the infested grass.
The “infestation” of Plan 2020 is Common Core standards, which remove parental and state control over education; race-based standards; the ability of schools to use pornographic books approved by Common Core, which go against moral values, without parents’ knowledge; textbooks that are, in a teacher’s words, “clearly biased to a liberal perspective, so much so that many see it as indoctrination;” monumental costs; and spying on kids through the collection of personal, non-academic data, and the sharing of this data with the federal government and private parties who want to profiteer off our children.
We should not “stay the course” with this revolutionary experiment on our children, as Hunter suggests. Alabama parents, teachers, legislators and taxpayers should have a “voice” and a “vote” in these radical programs before they are implemented. They will be fully implemented in 2014.
Since Hunter and other members of the state Board of Education (except Gov. Bentley, Stephanie Bell and Betty Peters) have forced Plan 2020 on schools, Alabama parents and taxpayers should ask the Legislature to stop Common Core, which would derail Plan 2020. This would invoke public debate and give voters a voice. Let’s put parents back in the classroom where they belong.
President, Alabama Federation of Republican Women