The Common Core Standards for our schools seem to have come in under the radar. Is everyone aware that Montana has now joined a national curriculum? Just like in any dictatorship, our curriculums will now be decided by a national, not a local or state, forum. When Bill Clinton tried to get this done, Congress turned him down, so this time the Obama administration went through a back door by having the State Governors Association and the School Chiefs Association sponsor it. Federal grants were offered under the Race to the Top program. Also, joining a curriculum that was connected to the other states was required to get waivers from No Child Left Behind, which everyone needed because they couldn’t pass the tests and were facing school closures. The comprehensive health curriculum is already in the Common Core Standards under literacy. A national curriculum allows the social engineers to put whatever they want into our schools to influence our youth in anyway they choose. Is this what freedom is about? Is this fair to parents who don’t have the option to opt out of public schools because they can’t afford it? Is this fair to taxpayers who are supposed to be funding a basic education? Our founders, for obvious reasons, did not give the authority over schools to the federal government. Are the Common Core Standards what they had in mind?