Waking up to core issues
by Donald Conkey
June 19, 2013 09:16 PM | 1257 views | 3 3 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two weeks ago, Joan and I attended one of Mike Byrd’s monthly breakfast gatherings at the Eagle Watch clubhouse. Besides socializing with neighbors and friends, Mike invites in various speakers from around the county to keep the group current on issues related to county operations.

This breakfast featured the manager of the Cherokee Water Authority, who provided very informative information on the Water Authority itself; its board’s makeup, and how each board member provides valuable input, its operating budgets and its long range goals of providing adequate water and sewage service to the county for the foreseeable future.

Coupled with this informative report on the Water Authority was a report on Common Core, both the pro and con of this top-down federal educational program adopted by the Cherokee school board last fall, several months before the final draft of the program had been completed.

When the attendees learned that this program had been introduced to the nation in a manner that bypassed state legislative scrutiny, several asked: “Will Common Core become education’s Obamacare?”

The attendees were encouraged to learn about Common Core by going online to learn why a national movement to stop Common Core is growing, how its “stealth-developed agenda” was adopted and why a growing number of states are opting out of this Obamacare-like federal program to take control of America’s educational system, leaving little if any control to the local school boards other than to be puppets in a federal bureaucracy.

Another subject delved into was how the Constitution’s 17th Amendment was ratified and how it had dramatically changed the intent of the original Constitution which had established the Senate as the protector of states’ rights.

Following ratification in 1913, the states lost their constitutional watchdogs, its senators, suggesting America may not learn the full extent of Common Core’s hidden agenda, like Obamacare, until after it’s finally written and implemented — nor its cost, either in terms of lost local control or in the gathering of personal information of children and their families, tracking the children throughout their life.

Scanning children’s eyes, as happened in Florida last week, was only the beginning of this gathering of information on each child.

Another issue discussed centered on the explosive increases in sales of all types of guns and ammunition in recent months. Record sales of ammunition and guns of all sizes, according to one attendee, has caused gun organizations to grow by leaps and bounds during the past year.

This gun purchasing movement suggests that a real fear is spreading across America, a fear not only of the lawless but a real and growing fear of the people’s own government, especially after recent revelations about how the IRS and the Department of Justice targeted groups of law-abiding citizens who wanted only to play by the rules but were singled out because they had Tea Party Patriots on their applications.

And with a new scandal coming out of the Washington woodwork almost every week recently, it does not lend to better feelings about what seems to be an out-of-control administration.

But, while not discussed during the breakfast, one could sense a feeling of just how effective the tea party movement is becoming, not only at the national level but at the local level as well, with tea party groups having growing influence in a number of local issues.

But one could also sense a feeling of uneasiness that the tea party, as it continues to grow, must exercise restraint and not usurp their effectiveness and usefulness by pushing for local agendas similar to those they dislike in Washington, D.C.

This issue was brought up in relation to the recent debates in Nelson, and more recently in Holly Springs, about “requiring” homeowners to purchase a gun for home and self-defense. While sounding good in theory, this goes against the grain and smacks of Obamacare and Common Core, programs that are being forced upon citizens “for their own good.”

That is not the American way, nor is it the way America grew and prospered and became the “shining light on the hill” that attracted the enslaved of the world — first the spiritually enslaved, and then the economically enslaved of the world.

Attending Mike’s breakfast and socializing with friends and neighbors, while learning more about our local county government and community issues, and being able to participate in lively discussions regarding many issues was well worth getting out of bed long before my normal time.

Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.
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Ron B.
June 20, 2013
This article is missing 2 very important pieces which does not give much credence to its author. First, notice how he cites the name & department of the gentleman that came to speak about the water system, but never tells us who spoke about Commom Core or what entity they represented. It actually appears from the 3rd paragraph that the water manager spoke about the pros & cons of Common Core since it was "coupled" with his report. I've never thought about getting info on the latest research in education from the Water Authority! Oh wait, that's because I only trust first-hand experts in the education field for that.

The author also stated that his group heard the pros & cons of Common Core, but while I kept reading to learn the pros he conveniently left them out. Or, more than likely, never heard any to begin with since it's clear that the water manager (or phantom education authority) was only at the tea party...I mean breakfast... to serve green eggs & ham rather than facts to The Mad Hatter & the Cheshire Cats.

Kelly Poole
June 20, 2013
Mr. Conkey,

Please get your facts straight regarding common core. It is a fact that 45 of the states are currently participating in common core, along with the District of Columbia and four territories. I hardly think that this qualifies your statement that a growing number of states are opting out of common core. There are so many positives to common core that your article did not touch on. I encourage the readers to investigate on their own and not take your word on the matter.

Kelly Poole
Cherokee Parent
June 20, 2013
Donald Conkey continues to be completely misinformed about the Common Core Standards. #1) States have created their standards for YEARS and it's NEVER been a legislative process. #2)CC is a NATIONAL movement begun by the STATES. It's not a federal initiative. I would suggest that Mr. Conkey get his facts straight before he writes his column. I'd like to ask who authored this report on CC? What makes them an authority? Have you spoken to any educators? Doesn't sound like it. Please start with the attached document. http://www.cherokee.k12.ga.us/Lists/News Announcements/Attachments/223/FAQ Common Core 2013.pdf
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