The following editorial appeared in The Fayetteville Observer.
Former military leaders tend to be pretty conservative in their politics. But a group of retired generals and admirals all but declared war last week on efforts to march North Carolina away from national “Common Core” standards for public education.
Members of Mission: Readiness, a national-security nonprofit, unveiled a study that showed North Carolina schools, including some around Fort Bragg, are lagging in achievement levels our armed services need to see in their recruits.
They warned that diluting rigorous national standards imposed by Common Core will endanger the future of our military services. Calling it a “national security imperative,” retired Coast Guard Rear Adm. Steven Ratti said stepping back from Common Core “threatens the future of North Carolina military installations.”
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That’s a threat lawmakers need to take seriously. Military spending is 10 percent of North Carolina’s economy, and 40 percent of this region’s. If we make it impossible for the armed forces to do business here, we’re in trouble.
The General Assembly has already done too much budget-cutting and politicizing of education. Time to focus on excellence and high achievement. National security and our economic future are two good reasons.
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