To the Editor:

I am a student of New Milford public schools.

I first heard about Common Core State Standards from one of my teachers.

The teacher said it was something new and suggested we learn more about it. I still have a lot of questions, though.

Common Core has been around for more than four years, so I wonder why people (especially in our area) don't know about it.

It's not really in the newspapers or on TV, or been talked about by the schools.

I did some research and now I believe many of the TV stations and newspaper companies have been given a lot of money by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It makes sense TV and newspapers (even NPR) don't say much negative about Common Core, or anything at all.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a primary funder of the Common Core program.

So much so, Congress has been called on to investigate Gates' influence (Washington Post).

In Gates' speech at the 2009 Conference of State Legislators. he said "when the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will align as well (speech on YouTube, clip 5).

Common Core wasn't voted on by legislation and a national curriculum is illegal. I believe it violates three federal statutes and the 10th Amendment.

So if this program could be illegal, why is it in our schools?

"Rigorous," "higher standards," "internationally benchmarked," "deeper," "broader," "college ready" and "state-led."

These are the buzz words you'll hear about Common Core.

They sound great and parents want these for their kids. The problem is, they're not true (truthinamericaneducation.com-Myth versus Fact, Dr. James Milgram, YouTube- Jason Zimba and Sandra Stotsky).

It's marketing.

And there's a lot of money being put into the marketing. Even the National Boards of Education and the National PTA have gotten money to promote Common Core.

We should not promote something that has never been piloted or proven to be successful.

When you get your Parent Math Handbook to help your kids with their homework, ask yourself, "Should i really need an answer book to help my elementary school student with math homework?"

Common Core seems counter intuitive and doesn't teach in order.

I have first-hand experience with the stress, frustration and confusion that CC causes in its deviation from traditional learning.

The people who make our laws are being given deceptive information and making poor decisions. This is hurting the kids and our schools.

To learn nore about how this affects you, start by going to truthinamericaneducation.com. Read Myth versus Fat and "Common Core: A Mental Health Professional and Parent's Perspective."

Also research Sandra Stotsky's involvement and Diane Ravitch's blog.

There are several CC Facebook pages. I recommend "Choose to refuse Common Core."

There will be a CC presentation Oct. 5 at Black Rock State Park in Thomaston to learn more. Two of the speakers are a superintendent and an educational and civil rights attorney.

For local information and opt-out forms, go to ctagainstcommoncore.org. Register to get updates.

On Facebook, go to Stop Common Core in New Milford and Stop Common Core in Connecticut.

Last, I know there's a lot to learn, but it's really important that you start. It's going to take all of us to turn this around.

Thank you to the teachers and parents. Please stand up for us.

Thank you.

Sydney Lane

New Milford