Published: April 13, 2014
Common Core bad for the children
I was encouraged to see the letter from Pauline Hawkins stating that she would stop teaching in Colorado and move to another state because of the damaging effects of federalizing education, specifically the Common Core program. Hawkins has more courage and more principle than most of the educators here.
Years ago, I went to school in Ohio, in the Shaker Heights system. We were always in the top-10 schools nationally. No one decided what to teach the students except the teachers. Not even Russell Rupp - he was the principal.
The people who are behind Common Core are the politicians. I checked the background of our senators, Mark Udall and Michael Bennet. What I found was that neither of them have experience in teaching. Yet both support Common Core.
What we should do is what the states of Indiana and Oklahoma have done, namely, confront the federal government and refuse to accept the failed Common Core program. It's bad for the children.
Carl R. Goodwin , Colorado Springs
Tests have crushed students' hope
My name is Caroline Spence, and I am an eighth-grade student at Mountain Ridge Middle School. I have an opinion regarding the recent article about the resignation of Liberty High School teacher Pauline Hawkins. First of all, I would like to say that, contrary to popular belief, myself and many of my friends greatly enjoy and cherish education. However, the recent standards and tests that my fellow students and I have been bombarded with have crushed many of my dearest friends' hope of being a well-rounded, educated student. Society's and the government's stereotype that teens aren't good students is not only false - it is appalling. Every student that I know honestly wants to learn and honestly tries to achieve and do their best. The recent tests haven't improved our viewpoint on education or showed us where we need to improve. They have destroyed society's and even our respect for our generation.
I know many people who have fallen so far behind the curriculum of the recent standards that they have simply decided that there is no point in trying to learn anymore and don't do work in class or out - and no amount of pep-talking or yelling can make them pick up a pencil. These people are wonderful, amazing human beings who have been crushed academically by the cacophony of tests and regulations that we have been burdened with. I don't think that all tests should be revoked - quite the opposite - however the magnitude and the severity of these tests have crushed our individuality as a person and our hope in being an educated, wonderful person.
Caroline Spence, Colorado Springs
Keeping Colorado Springs lame
I can't tell you how disappointed I am that the city of Colorado Springs, United States Forest Service and Colorado Springs Utilities decided to close Captain Jacks, Seven Bridges, Jones Park, Buckhorn trail and the old Jones Park Trail. Those trails have been hiked, biked, ridden for the past 100 years. I understand that the green cutthroat trout breeds in Bear Creek and should be preserved, but to close all of those trails is ridiculous!
I couldn't understand why now until I read the day after all of the trails were closed that Colorado Springs Utilities no longer wants to maintain the Jones Park area and would like to swap land or sell. Now I get it - follow the money and you will find the answer. Can't wait for the Jones Park housing development. Those trails are right in my/our backyard; I grew up in Colorado Springs and have been playing on those trails my whole life, and for Big Brother to close those trails for us and our friends and family is unacceptable.
If this city really wants to move forward and become a true City for Champions or have their citizens "live it up," then lets protect what makes this city so special and that is the mountains, the Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, the Incline. That's what other cites don't have!
Young adults like to get out and play, run, hike, bike, get outside and enjoy our 350 days of sunshine.
Sadly, in the past three years, there is a very long list of multiuse trails that have been closed due to floods, fires and fish. With no reopening dates it might be a long time - if ever - that the trails are back. It's our land they are keeping you safe from. Build the stadium downtown, move forward.
This town has been stagnant for the past 20 years, and now with all of the trail closings, that isn't really helping to attract young professionals to move here. I'm sure Colorado will never allow anything cool or different to be built with any kind of tax help so "keeping Colorado Springs lame" is in full effect! Thanks Big Brother, City of Colorado Springs, USFS, Utilities, Keith King (such a disappointment), and City Council (closed door session = nice big raise)
Thank you for keeping Colorado Springs Lame.
Jeff Trujillo, Colorado Springs
LBJ tribute comment
Let's not forget that J. Edgar Hoover and LBJ had a very good relationship. Between the two of them, they had lots of dirt on lots of powerful people. While LBJ was a masterful politician, he had really good cards to play, and it is to his credit that he used them to pass very important legislation.
John Norris, Colorado Springs
Sunday morning progress
It used to be that, as a kid, on Sunday afternoon we would pile into the car and drive to a local field where a tent had been erected and an evangelist would labor mightily to save out wounded souls. Nowadays we pile into the car and drive to the Pikes Peak Center and spend a wonderful afternoon singing and listening to the funny/wise old stories and songs of Garrison Keillor.
Maybe our culture has made some progress after all.