Abandoning Common Core would put Hoosiers behind
Pretend your kids had to take one spelling test to determine their future.
As a parent, I would make a practice spelling list and make my children practice every night. But state lawmakers are thinking about giving our kids a practice list with words that arent going to be on the final test.
The spelling list in this analogy is the Common Core, the law of the land in Indiana and 45 other states. But some state lawmakers want to take Common Core out of Indiana.
As a 13-year teacher, Im happy to defend Common Core. But I am writing as a parent. I have two children approaching their teenage years. And while they havent started thinking about college yet, I sure have.
The dangerous fact the anti-Common Core crowd is ignoring is that college entrance exams will soon be aligned to Common Core standards. If Indiana pulls out of Common Core, my kids will immediately be at a disadvantage. A Common Core opponent once told me they dont care how their child compares to a child in Arizona. Well, you might not, but Indiana University does. And so do Purdue, Notre Dame and all of the higher ed institutions in this country. They examine those test scores side by side to determine who gains admission.
As lawmakers debate Common Core, I hope they consider the implications of halting these standards here. For the sake of my kids and the kids I teach, I hope they make the right decision and keep Common Core.
SERIA WALTON Noblesville
Dog walkers must help keep Greenway clean
I have started to walk my dog on the River Greenway and have come across a lot of dog poop. Perhaps there should be signs along the way for dog owners who dont know that it is their responsibility to clean up their dogs mess. Whether it is in the grass or on the walkway, it should not be left for other people or dogs to deal with.
MARY SICKLEY Fort Wayne
Denying illegal aliens is the biblical way
The Bible recognizes national borders. When Moses led the Israelites to the Promised Land, he asked the King of Edom for permission to cross through his kingdom, but ...Edom came out against them with a large and powerful army. Since Edom refused to let them go through their territory, Israel turned away from them. (Num.20:14-21)
Each year, America welcomes more than a million immigrants who requested permission to enter by following our immigration laws. Our nation has every right to enforce our immigration laws so that our people are not overwhelmed by foreign workers competing for scarce resources such as jobs.
The Gang of 8 immigration amnesty bill will reward more than 11 million foreign lawbreakers with legal status at a time when some 20 million Americans are unemployed. We should not place illegal aliens on the same level as citizens or legal immigrants who respected our laws.
Everyone wants to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but John 10:1 says, ...anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber.
Heres the good news. Anyone who repents by turning around and taking the right path may enter America or the Kingdom of Heaven. God doesnt change his laws to accommodate lawless behavior. Neither should our government.
CHEREE CALABRO Co-founder, Indiana Federation for Immigration Reform & Enforcement Valparaiso