Addressing the Common Core article of Aug. 28 by Carolyn Thompson, writer for The Associated Press:
A retired friend of mine, who lives in Colorado, travels to South Dakota's Black Hills each summer to work in the visitor's center at Crazy Horse Mountain. We're just a few months apart in age, and about 50 years ago, we were U.S. Army paratroopers stationed in Mainz/Gonsenheim, Germany. Chuck was a full-blooded Santee Sioux from the Pine Ridge reservation whose father had served in the Army during World War II. He was surprised to learn some Germans he met knew more about the history and culture of his people than he himself knew.
As a child, he had attended a Christian boarding school for boys where their hair was cut off and they weren't permitted to speak in the language of their people. Later, he attended a Bureau of Indian Affairs high school where no Native American history was taught. Traditions such as pow wows, sun dances, tribal spiritual leaders, etc, were frowned upon, even condemned. (Many people today don't realize the lengths our government took trying to erase Native American culture, even through the mid 1950s and beyond.)
You're probably wondering what this has to do with the issue of Common Core in Ohio's schools. Everything!
Like the U.S. government of the 1800s, the progressives in Washington are attempting to dumb down the children who will become the leaders of tomorrow! They desire them to have enough technical knowledge to be productive citizens, but without awareness of the history and culture that has made America the leader of not only the free world but the entire world. They are convinced that by omitting American history, literature and government studies, marginalizing the founders, military leaders, heroes, inventors and entrepreneurs, they will stifle the nationalism and pride of future Americans and mold them into productive little robots, blindly obedient to "The New World Order." This has been tried over and over throughout history and it has never worked. Common Core is not about education, it's about indoctrination!
Also, mining information on the parents through the schools is contrary to our rights under the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and our elected officials should have the gonads to stop it now!
Back to my friend. Chuck returned to the reservation after his discharge, but that incident in Germany in 1962 was an awakening. He went back to school, but also immersed himself in the oral history of his people and studied under tribal spiritual leaders. The rest, as they say, is history.
Allen "Chuck" Ross, Ph.D., worked 27 years in the field of education as a teacher, principal superintendent, college professor and college department chairman. He has lectured on cultural understanding in 44 states of the U.S., six provinces of Canada, eight countries in Europe and, most recently, Japan. He is chief of the Black Hills Sun Dance and author of many books.
Let's hope our children and grandchildren can overcome this present-day assault on their heritage and history, as well as my Native American friend did!