Eddie Smotherman, declared candidate for the State Representative seat in the 37th District, has announced his opposition to Common Core. Smotherman currently serves as a Murfreesboro Council Member.
“Having served in elected office in Murfreesboro, I know firsthand how important quality education is to the economic viability and quality of life for our citizens,” said Smotherman. “But I am convinced that Common Core does little to enhance the quality of our educational outcomes. If anything, this program takes the control of our schools out of the hands of our local school board and places it in the control of people who have no idea about what we need in Rutherford County.”
Smotherman is referring to the requirements placed upon Tennessee schools by Common Core to use specific testing instruments in line with specifically designed national curricula that require specific textbooks.
Smotherman continued, “I do not think our parents would approve of some of the age-inappropriate content of the mandated textbooks, nor do I believe they are happy with the data gathering and sharing of their children’s personal information, especially with Washington, D.C.”
Common Core requires the gathering of specific personal data on children that has previously only been available within the local district to educators. With the recent revelations of data mining and eavesdropping by the federal government, parents have become less willing to have their childrens’ information sent out of district.
Smotherman concluded, “I think it is important at this stage for my opponent to clearly state her support of Common Core at any level or to join with me and oppose this federal overreach and intrusion into the lives of those most vulnerable among us.”
District 37 includes northern portions of Rutherford County, including downtown Murfreesboro west of Highway 96 and north of Highway 41.
Submitted by the Eddie Smotherman Campaign