Centralized education control un-American

The Day's editorial, "Don't use schools to round up votes," (May 1), ironically and justifiably criticized the Connecticut Senate for considering mandating the teaching of labor union history and law in our public schools. This would be an add-on to other pet subjects already mandated for teaching by our legislature.

Apart from the mandatory teaching of American history, including a unit on the Constitution, sole governance of public school curricula should be by individual school boards, who are chosen in public elections and are most familiar with and best able to address the needs of students and the local demographics.

By contrast, politicians and bureaucratic bodies are far detached from the reality of the classroom and primarily motivated by the preservation of power.

Centralization of education, such as the Common Core initiative, shows a distrust of teachers and their administrators to know what is best for our children.

It limits their freedom to innovate, critically evaluate new ideas and constructively challenge dogma, and is currently turning classrooms into testing laboratories.

In short, it is Orwellian and un-American.

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