Regarding the editorial opinion piece touting Common Core again, (“A fracas on the fringe,” Oct. 20) members of the “motley crew” The Advocate mocks sat through the Common Core standards review committee meetings, from the published beginning time of 9 a.m. to well past the published end time of 3 p.m., waiting for a turn to comment.

At the Crowley meeting, much of the crowd that remained diligently until 3 p.m. had to leave to meet their children getting off the school bus and help them with their Common Core homework.

Where have you been, Advocate editorial board? Your members have failed to attend the meetings. Where are you getting your opinions?

Does an editorial board exist — or is it just the owner’s opinion?

If editorial board members attended the meetings, instead of repeating LABI talking points, you would see firsthand the constraints the review committee is under. Their mandate is not to determine if the standards are developmentally appropriate and fix it where inappropriate, because there are no child development specialists involved. Their mandate is not to determine if the structure and sequencing of the standards are effective and fix them where ineffective, because there are no professors and scholars from colleges of education involved. The committee’s mandate, such as it is, is to do a little wordsmithing and “preserve the Core.”

That The Advocate editorial board mocks the growing numbers of parents and teachers who are outspoken public education advocates is nothing new, but at least you could do some homework on why people have begun to object to the standards review process in practice. Who are you an “Advocate” for, anyway?

Ann Burruss

science teacher

Lafayette