The following is an open letter I first published in November 2014. As the “Common Core Diva”, I, like all moms out there, am hopping mad about the overreach into our children’s lives. Yet, my mother’s heart still yearns to protect our kids. I wish for all the moms out there to have a great Mother’s Day 2015!!
The original intent was to address the generation of not just my children, but those even younger. I had been especially saddened by Common Core’s alignment with the UNESCO, UN, and the Green Movement motives. In my research, I’ve found it has ruined everything it in education it touches.
As a teacher, I beseech you to consider ‘social justice’ from the way you were taught and not from the way the world has recreated it to be. As your mom, my heart is burdened for the ways in which the worldview is tainting so much for your futures.
Why is ‘social justice’ on my ‘hit list’? It no longer means we learn that by being the best ‘us’ we can be, we can help change the world. No, it now means we are so globally minded we must embrace everything. By not learning the individual parameters in each of ourselves; by downplaying the importance of family first, world second, we’re seeing values erode. We seeing love being replaced with bitterness, we’re seeing open and warm hearts being reshaped into ones hostile to those who dare to think differently.
Our world, both as an entire planet and our immediate circle of influence cannot live long, live well, or live freely with this mindset or black hard-heartedness.
My heart longs for those who are not only your ages, who are young ladies and gentlemen, but for those who are just starting out, like your cousins. This Common Core aligned ‘global awareness’ will soon find us so open-minded, we’ll not have any sense of good, decent; or wrong, immoral. I shudder to realize this is the goal of those who have so painstakingly crafted our educational system.
Social justice, when taught well, lived out well is a fabulous activity, NOT a lifestyle. Many of our great historical moments down through history have been the results of correctly carried out SJ movements. However, what I’m seeing in schools now, no matter what grade level, is not well taught. How can we be families who love each other if we’re turning each other in for what the school says we shouldn’t have in our homes? How can we have impacting peace in our communities when they are being aligned with programs rooted not only in lies (remember, Common Core is illegally in our lives), but with ‘nanny state’ mentalities?
I am reminded of some of the turmoil back when I was growing up. The hateful protesters over the Vietnam War; the malice, the envy, the overwhelming strife that would permeate the air. This is what I want for you as you continue to mature? This is what I hope the world will benefit by? NO!! NO!! A thousand times, no!
I know the world, in its quest to be one giant community is turning its agenda on us all, but please remember this, my daughters…you CAN make a great difference in life: use truth; live out wisdom; resist bitterness; know your personal boundaries and that as a wonderfully made child of God, YOU matter! That ‘collective, greater good’ is not a 24/7, 365 daily mantra. There is a time, place, and duration for that. All other instances…are YOURS to exercise as you wish, not what someone else manipulates.
You have been taught exceedingly well how to be socially minded and that justice is not always ours to carry out. Don’t forget that, no matter how much ’21st century, globally minded citizens’ rhetoric you hear, you are strong, you are independent, you are an American who is free! Know what you stand for so you do not bow to everything.
Each of you know how hard I fight for your futures, know that I’m far from alone in this endeavor. I thank each of you for how you’ve fought for the same things as well. I urge you to continue on. To whom much is given, much more is expected. You each have a legacy to live out..may it be as it should be, not as mandated by others for you.
Know that each of you are so precious. I love you, Mom.
Be as wise as a serpent, be as gentle as a dove, my loves.