You can mess with a lot of my things and I might overlook it, but don’t mess with my children!
That’s what HB 1490 says to Governor Nixon and his Commissioner of Education, Chris Nicastro about forcing the national Common Core standards on Missouri schools. (Read more about it, below.)
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Turning Into A Modern Day Sparta
The ancient Grecian city-state of Sparta is infamous for the state control of the rearing of children to further the purpose of the state. From Wikipedia:
Sparta was above all a militarist state, and emphasis on military fitness began virtually at birth. Shortly after birth, a mother would bathe her child in wine to see whether the child was strong. If the child survived it was brought before the Gerousia by the child’s father. The Gerousia then decided whether it was to be reared or not. It is commonly stated that if they considered it “puny and deformed”, the baby was thrown into a chasm on Mount Taygetos known euphemistically as the Apothetae (Gr., á¼€ποθÎται, “Deposits”).
Children were not considered to belong to their parents, but rather to the state, so it was deemed acceptable to take them away from their parents at a tender age and educate them as the state saw fit. It is not an exaggeration to say that such a mentality exists today in America. With frighteningly increasing frequency the power to determine how children are educated is being taken from parents and centralized in state and federal governments.
The new Common Core national education standards are the most ambitious attempt to “Spartanize” education, and Missouri’s governor Jay Nixon and has inappropriately committed Missouri schools to the standards. In addition to loss of control of education standards, Common Core will result in a database that follows our children their entire careers.
Rep. Kurt Bahr’s HB 1490 forbids the governor and state employees from adopting Common Core and reverses what they have already inappropriately done.
Text of HB 1490:
Section A. Chapter 161, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 161.855, to read as follows:
What you can do:
- Right NOW, either plan to attend the hearing for HB 1490 on Thursday, or fill out the online witness form..
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