As an educator and school counselor, I was pleasantly surprised to see on the front page “A new battle for the tea party” [May 31], outlining the tea party’s opposition to Common Core State Standards. Such important education issues are often pushed aside because of crisis or scandal.
But with the exception of mentioning “some skeptical liberals” well down in the article, it did not discuss the fact that a great many professional educators, kindergarten through college, agree with the tea party’s position. The Post missed a huge angle to the story by not mentioning this unlikely alliance between the tea party and a very large group of teachers.
Mark D. Naison of Fordham University told TakePart, a social activist Web site, “Because Common Core Standards are being imposed without trial implementation to test their effectiveness, or even see what they mean ‘on the ground’ in actual schools and school districts, they are looking more and more like a full-court press from the government and large corporations overriding the long-standing tradition of local control over public schools.” He added, “What makes this even more suspect is that test companies like Pearson stand to make huge profits from their implementation. Given this, we can expect opposition to the standards to grow, not diminish, in coming years.” He said he welcomes the opposition’s movement’s “big tent” composition. I do, too.
A June 4 letter [“The miseducation of the tea party”] suggested that tea party member Kay Day was “behaving as though ignorance is a virtue” because “government” is misspelled on her sign. What a low blow. By the way, how did “Tea Party” become “tea party”? A demotion? The capitalization carries weight worthy of the question, unlike the spelling error at issue.
Liz Starr, Arlington