Dear Bill and Melinda,
Since you are such strong proponents of the Common Core, how about if you change your focus from the Common Core to the Common Good. According to Jim Wallace, “The common good should impact all of the decisions we make from how we raise our own children to how we engage with our local communities.”
If we are to be members of a good and just society, we need to care about what is the common good for all citizens. We need to care that all children have the opportunity for an equal education. We need to care that no children go to bed hungry. We need to care that our public schools belong to the public and not to the highest bidder. We need to hold accountable those people whose policies have unintended consequences which impact the lives of all of us, and which in effect, are immoral.
Recently, citizens in North Carolina have embarked on Moral Mondays to push back against the extreme agenda that includes cuts to education and a variety of other social programs. Since you are philanthropists, perhaps you should consider the Common Good for everyone and rethink and shift your position about the Common Core to the Common Good. As philanthropists, perhaps you should aspire to the true meaning of philanthropy–to show good will by making an active effort to promote human welfare through acts or gifts made for humanitarian purposes. Perhaps, you could do this by asking all citizens to participate in Moral Mondays across the country.
This could quite possibly be an idea where educators could get behind you rather than being run over by your latest big idea.
Phyllis Bush, Fort Wayne, IN