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Education was the popular topic among four candidates for Arizona Legislative District 6, with Common Core the most divisive issue at a forum in Clarkdale on Wednesday, July 9.Lanny Morrison, Democratic candidate for the state House of Representatives from Legislative District 6, speaks at a political forum at Yavapai College in Clarkdale. In the background is his opponent,  Bob Thorpe, a Republican running for reelection.

Saying he has concerns about the structure of the national educational initiative, Bob Thorpe said teachers have told him that it will stifle creativity and freedom in the classroom.

Thorpe, a Republican, is running for reelection to the Arizona House of Representatives.
Tom O’Halleran, a candidate for state Senate from Legislative District 6, speaks at a political forum at Yavapai College in Clarkdale. O’Halleran, who served in the legislature while a Republican, is running as an Independent. In the background is his opponent, Chester Crandell, a Republican running for reelection.
His opponent, Democrat Lanny Morrison, said Common Core has been “mischaracterized,” adding, “We’ve heard from the business community that we need standards to compete internationally,” he said.

Likewise, Tom O’Halleran, a candidate for Senate, said Common Core would give students a “competitive advantage.”

“We either compete with the world and the rest of the country or we don’t,” he said.

To read the full story, see the Friday, July 11, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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  • Gene McCarthy

    It is obvious that the candidates are ignorant about Common Core. Numerous states have opted OUT of Common Core. There is a reason why they have done so. These candidates need to do more research before jumping on the bandwagon. Arizona does not need to adopt programs with federal strings and mandates. The supporters will tell you that the federal government has nothing to do with Common Core but that is not the case. It is an incidious program to dumb down our children. The education of our kids should involve parents and be at a local level.

  • Gene McCarthy

    Our candidates and elected officials need to do in-depth research into Common Core. Merely parroting what the leftist progressives say is not acceptable. For example, Common Core math standards abandone 'drill and kill' memorization techniques for fuzzy 'critical thinking' methods put the cart of 'why' in front of the horse of 'how'. Instead of doing the work of hammering times tables and basic functions into kids' heads first, the progressives have turned to wacky, wordy non-math alternatives to encourage 'conceptual' understanding--without any mastery of the fundamentals of math. The so-called critical thinking approach to even simple math problems has made it impossible for many parents to understand their children's homework, relagating them to bystander status. The progressive strategy of common core is a gigantic leap forward to CONTROL AND CONFORM.

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