Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is the latest GOP chief executive flirting with disaster.
The chairwoman of the National Governor's Association is implementing the dreaded Common Core States Initiatives Standards in her state. That has prompted a group of conservative leaders, including yours truly, to pen the following open letter to Governor Fallin:
We write to you in your capacity as governor of Oklahoma and as the chair of the National Governors Association and its affiliate the NGA Center for Best Practices (together, "NGA"). In particular, we write to you about NGA's activities with regard to the national Common Core Standards system.
As set forth in the Joint Statement Regarding the National Governors Association's Common Core Standards Initiative and the Constitutional Structure, NGA's activities, including its ownership, development and propagation of the Common Core, have caused profound harm to our constitutional structure. NGA has enabled corporations and other private interests to drive education policy and, concomitantly, compromised the power of parents. It has enlisted the power of the federal government to bring about these changes and, in so doing, has weakened the power of states to defend the authority and rights of parents and other citizens.
More specifically, NGA has assisted the federal government in employing a strategy against the states that has divided and conquered the state checks and balances that are intended to guard against federal overreach. It has presided over the development of math standards that lock children into a defective education, one that does not prepare children for studies in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) or for admission to competitive public and private universities. It has presided over the development of English standards that fail to prepare children for authentic college work in the humanities and that weaken the formation of strong citizen-leaders and individuals of substance who are fully capable of exercising their liberties.
The pushback against the Common Core rests on parents' love for their children and their defense of the Constitution that protects their rights to form their children and direct their education. It is a movement based on truth, and on highly informed citizens –citizens who follow in the footsteps of the Founders. It is a movement that continues to grow and which will be victorious.
We respectfully ask that, as chair of the NGA, you end the Common Core project. We respectfully submit that your decisions on this matter will define your legacy.
Obviously, changing the mind of the head of the National Governor's Association on the issue of parental rights and educational freedom has far-reaching implications beyond the state of Oklahoma.
That's why we're asking all of you to click on this link and add your name if you agree with us. And please encourage all your friends and family to do the same.