Update: I changed the title… this resolution is a positive step forward, but rereading it I recognize that it is not an absolute rejection of the Common Core… so calling this an “anti-Common Core resolution” isn’t quite accurate. I appreciate the push back I was given on the title.
The Alabama Baptist Convention passed a Common Core resolution during their annual meeting on 11/13/13 held at the Whitesburg Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL. The primary thrust is that parents should be involved in the education of their children. I couldn’t agree more! This is a significant development as I don’t recall any other denomination address the Common Core in this manner. The Southern Baptist Convention (of which the Alabama Baptist Convention is affiliated) has lots of members in Alabama. This won’t go unnoticed by the Alabama State Legislature.
Here’s the text of the resolution:
RESOLUTION NO. 12 ON PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN EDUCATION
WHEREAS, The church has a long history of supporting education; and
WHEREAS, Many of the great universities of America were started by churches and denominations; and
WHEREAS, Alabama Baptist churches and parents support in various ways pre-‐kindergarten through grade 12 in their communities, including public, private, parochial, and homeschooling; and
WHEREAS, A quality education can enhance the ministry of the church and an understanding of the Bible as it applies to life; and
WHEREAS, Education offers the potential for the improvement of one’s lifestyle and productivity; and
WHEREAS, There are concerns over a new initiative in education called Common Core adopted in Alabama in 2010; and
WHEREAS, Some tenets of Common Core could be utilized to enable the federal government to dictate state curricula as well as the approaches and materials teachers use to help children; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Alabama Baptist State Convention, meeting in Huntsville, Alabama, November 12-‐13, 2013, encourage parents to be involved in the education of their children; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we affirm all good and appropriate schools, including public, private, parochial, and homeschools; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we encourage parents to support and monitor the schools where their children are educated; and be it further
RESOLVED, That parents be aware of what their children are taught by reading textbooks and, when appropriate, addressing concerns to school boards, the state department of education, and other educational leadership; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we encourage the Alabama Legislature and the Alabama State Board of Education to carefully study and evaluate Common Core and its effects on our children and the entire educational system; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we urge those in authority to support the state’s role in establishing and maintaining its own standards and curricula for Alabama public school students; and be it finally
RESOLVED, That we offer praise and appreciation for all who are involved in the educational process, especially Christian teachers who reflect Christ in their lives as they educate our children.
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