Don Kennedy obviously subscribes to the theory, say the same thing over and over and some people will begin to believe it .

Don is unhappy with the direction of the country so he blames it on “socialism.” He constantly uses the generalities of freedom and liberty without sharing his specific definition of exactly what these amorphous terms mean. His attack on the system of education in our country is couched in dire terms, but lacks specifics. When he chose to criticize Common Core education standards, he decried the supposed efforts of the government to impose a curriculum on local school districts that would somehow warp the minds of impressionable students. He ignored the fact that local districts create their own curriculum with the goal to facilitate a higher level of student thinking and achievement.

I reject his dire warnings as overwrought and bordering on paranoia. I have lived in the Ahwatukee Foothills from 1993 to 2000 and returned in 2005 as a retiree. Like Don, I have an advanced degree from a private college, but unlike Don I don’t feel it necessary to try and impress people with my academic background.

Robert Foster

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