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  • Trump Blasts Jeb Bush On Common Core: ‘He’s In Favor of Washington Educating Your Children’

    07/08/2015 1:43:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/8/15 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Donald Trump blasted fellow presidential hopeful Jeb Bush on Fox News Channel’s On the Record for his avid promotion of the Common Core education initiative as well as his stance on amnesty for illegal immigrants. “I watched Jeb Bush…I think it’s pathetic what’s going on, his stance on Common Core,” Trump said. “He’s in favor of Washington educating your children. His weak stance on immigration – he said it’s an act of love. I mean what kind of stuff is that? It’s baby stuff.” Trump said, “I will say that I love the Republican Party [but] I think they’re making...
  • Grading the Common Core: No Teaching Experience Required

    06/23/2015 7:59:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 22, 2015 | Motoko Rich
    The new academic standards known as the Common Core emphasize critical thinking, complex problem-solving and writing skills, and put less stock in rote learning and memorization. So the standardized tests given in most states this year required fewer multiple choice questions and far more writing on topics like this one posed to elementary school students: Read a passage from a novel written in the first person, and a poem written in the third person, and describe how the poem might change if it were written in the first person.
  • Common Core-Approved Workshop Teaches Sympathy for Hamas

    05/19/2015 11:00:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 5/19/15 | Sara Dogan
    A Common Core-approved workshop on the Middle East conflict titled “Whose Jerusalem?” has sparked controversy among critics who charge that the program portrays Israel and America in a negative light while cultivating sympathy for terrorist group Hamas. The “Whose Jerusalem?” curriculum was created by Boston University professor Carl Hobert, who describes the goal of his program as “educational civil disobedience, where students are learning about the Middle East and they’re putting pressure on our government to create a Palestinian state.” It has already been used in numerous high schools and has now been approved as part of the Common...
  • State threatening anti-Common Core parents with jail? Fight over federalized testing escalates

    04/29/2015 5:12:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    wnd ^ | 4/29/15 | Bob Unruh
    Parents in South Carolina who are part of a nationwide revolt against Common Core say they are being threatened with “criminal accountability” if they prevent their children from taking the tests required by the controversial educational-standards program. Tamra Hood, a member of South Carolina Parents Involved in Education, said the state Education Department’s chief Operating officer, Elizabeth Carpentier, warned parents could spend 30 days in jail if even a single day of testing is missed, Breitbart News reported. In addition, Hood said Carpentier warned that groups that encourage parents to refuse the Common Core-aligned tests could be charged with aiding...
  • Entire junior class, 280 high-schoolers, show Obama just what he can do with Common Core! (Seattle)

    04/27/2015 5:18:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 4/26/15 | Tom Tillison
    The entire junior class of a Seattle high school sent an unmistakable message to President Obama and other supporters of the Common Core curriculum last week: Thanks, but no thanks. Not a single junior at Nathan Hale High showed up Tuesday to take new state exams in reading and math, a Seattle Public Schools spokeswoman told The Seattle Times. That’s 280 students who skipped the tests in a show of force. **SNIP** “They didn’t skip school all day,” district spokeswoman Stacy Howard told the newspaper. “They just didn’t show up during the testing period.”
  • Education Secretary: Parents Who Opt Out Of Common Core are Racist – “Feds Will Step In” If Opt

    04/25/2015 10:05:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | 4/25/15 | Sundance
    Education Secretary Arnie Duncan is reminding parents in America “that all your children belong to them”. In a not-so-very veiled threat Secretary Duncan states the Federal Government will step in if parents continue to opt their children out of Common Core testing. (Via Doug Ross Journal) Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a veiled threat to the parents and students who choose to opt out of Common Core testing – The Feds “have an obligation to step in.” Federal law, under No Child Left Behind, requires 95 percent of students in a state to take the annual standardized tests in...
  • Unraveling: Liberal Common Cause demands Clinton Foundation, Hillary audit (wants books opened)

    04/24/2015 10:07:26 AM PDT · by Liz · 19 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 4/24/15 | Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist
    The financial issues plaguing Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign have become too much even for liberal groups, and now Common Cause is calling for an independent audit of donations to the Clinton Foundation. Amid suggestions that foreign governments donated to the foundation in hopes of getting special treatment from President Obama's State Department when Clinton was his top diplomat, the group on Friday said a "thorough review" is needed. "Six years ago, at Mrs. Clinton's confirmation hearing for her appointment as secretary of state, then-Sen. Dick Lugar observed that 'that foreign governments and entities may perceive the Clinton Foundation as a...
  • COMMON CORE KIDNAPPING: Parent Calls 911 After Public School Won’t Release Kid From Test

    03/08/2015 9:43:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/8/15 | Eric Owens
    Supporters of Common Core have encountered a public relations nightmare recently thanks to technical glitches, student boycotts and a slew of irate parents who are refusing to allow their children to sit for standardized tests. However, last week marked the first time officials at a taxpayer-funded school have allegedly attempted to confine a student for a Common Core standardized test after her parent arrived on campus to remove the child from class. The incident occurred at Brookshire Elementary School in Winter Park, Fla., reports the Orlando Sentinel. The unidentified mother showed up at Brookshire Elementary to pick up her daughter...
  • Five People Wrote 'State-Led' Common Core

    02/26/2015 9:32:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Heartland.org ^ | June 7, 2013 | Joy Pullmann
    Many education leaders continue to insist the process for creating national education standards was “state-led,” referring to its incubation within two Washington DC-based nonprofits, the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers. That seems to depend on how one defines “state-led.” Former Virginia Gov. George Allen told School Reform News NGA is less a policy forum and more a networking opportunity, because any resolutions governors vote on are “not binding” and governors often disagree. He attended NGA meetings particularly so he could recruit IBM into Virginia. “I find regional governors associations were much more practical,” he said....
  • Crushing Common Core in New Jersey

    02/17/2015 1:46:45 PM PST · by junkbond · 6 replies
    NJ.Com ^ | 2/17/15 | Jessica Mazzola
    ESSEX COUNTY — Facing a contingent of concerned parents, a growing number of school districts across the state are moving to create official opt-out policies for students who will not be taking the PARCC exam, a new state test that will be administered for the first time next month. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test, which is based on the Common Core education standards and is administered entirely on computers, has sparked harsh criticisms from some skeptical parents and teachers. The complaints have led to an "opt-out" movement across the state, in which parents are...
  • 'Top teacher' winner quits due to Common Core Announced to stunned audience: 'I can’t do it

    02/14/2015 11:25:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 49 replies
    wnd ^ | 2/14/15 | staff
    Honored as the “Top Teacher” by ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Michael” show, Stacie Starr was speaking at an education forum earlier this week when she dropped a bombshell. The veteran teacher at Elyria High School in Elyria, Ohio, told a stunned audience Monday she will resign at the end of the school year because of the new federal Common Core system of standards and assessments adopted by her state, reported the local Chronicle-Telegram newspaper. image: http://www.wnd.com/files/2015/02/stacie-starr.jpg Stacie Starr Stacie Starr At the forum, which sought to help parents navigate the complex standardized testing system, Starr was talking about how...
  • Jeb Bush nearly chokes trying to avoid saying “common core”

    02/11/2015 2:49:54 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 19 replies
    Former governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush hosted an Education Summit in Tallahassee, FL Tuesday, where he struggled desperately to avoid uttering the word “common” and “core”. (SNIP) Bush: As long as they’re state-driven, and they’re high, and they’re assessed faithfully, is what is the cor– the hallmark– [chokes] excuse me, hallmark of a reform agenda.
  • Jeb Bush previews 2016 run, promising ‘adult conversations’ on big issues

    01/24/2015 6:45:07 AM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 49 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | anuary 23 at 8:46 PM | Philip Rucker
    AN FRANCISCO — Jeb Bush previewed the ideas at the heart of his likely presidential campaign, delivering a sweeping address here Friday about the economy, foreign affairs and energy exploration, and challenging the country to question “every aspect of how government works.”
  • Diane Douglas disappointingly parses ethnic studies

    01/15/2015 3:04:07 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 2 replies
    The conservative support that brought Diane Douglas to the Nov. 6, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction victory was based on her steadfast opposition to the Common Core curriculum. (SNIP) In a statement released following her meeting with Sanchez, Douglas hit a low note with this conclusion, “It is important to correct the misunderstanding that the Arizona Department of Education is opposed to ethnic studies. If any child educated in Arizona is not exposed to the suffering, trials and triumphs of all ethnic groups who have contributed to our state’s rich cultural mix, then we are failing to teach accurate history.”...
  • Huck’s Core Problem: His controversial history on Common Core

    01/08/2015 5:55:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | January 8, 2015 | Andrew Johnson
    Mike Huckabee’s once-loyal conservative base may not be there for him in 2016 if he chooses to run again, and his complicated history with Common Core could prove to be the biggest reason why. A lot has changed since the former Arkansas governor last ran for president in 2008. Considered the conservative alternative to John McCain and Mitt Romney at the time, Huckabee enjoyed early success in the Republican primaries that year, winning the Iowa caucuses and a handful of primaries in his native South. He parlayed those victories into a popular weekly Fox News show, ensuring his continued public...
  • Common Core State Standards aren’t so easy to replace

    12/25/2014 7:16:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/24/14 | Michael J. Petrilli, Michael Brickman
    **SNIP** Starting from scratch, on the other hand, pulls the rug out from under educators who have spent almost five years implementing Common Core in their classrooms. “You just get frustrated and tired with trying to appease people who really have no idea what’s going on with you day to day,” one kindergarten teacher told Mississippi’s Clarion-Ledger. “It’s just really mind-blowing that this is something they’re considering doing at this point.” Teachers are all too familiar with the fad du jour. Policymakers promised them that Common Core would be different, that it would have staying power. Teachers are right to...
  • Nothing on Terry Bean

    12/03/2014 3:06:52 AM PST · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-3-2014 | Michelle Malkin
    If real estate mogul and deep-pocketed White House donor Terry Bean were a Republican, he'd be a household name by now. Bean's face would be splashed all over the covers of grocery-stand newsweeklies. The garrulous hostesses of ABC's "The View" would be haranguing the GOP to return his campaign contributions. Child-welfare advocates would be demanding his resignation from top political advocacy and civic groups. Media satellite trucks from NBC's "Today" show would be parked outside the Lane County, Ore., Circuit Court on Dec. 3 for his first appearance. And The New York Times archives would be teeming with thousand-word editorials...
  • The real enemy within (Pat Condell video)

    09/03/2014 9:29:46 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 9-3-2014 | Pat Condell
    If your 11-year-old daughter is regularly raped by organized gangs of Pakistani Muslim men should you be concerned? Well, if you live in Rotherham, England, yes, you should be very concerned about being a racist. Not only that, if you find the house where your daughter is being raped and you go there and try to remove her the police will be called and you will be arrested. This is how we roll in multicultural England, a green and pleasant land of tolerance, diversity and Pakistani Muslim child-rape gangs. Haven't we done well? The stubborn refusal of the authorities in...
  • Common Core Blockbuster: Mathematician Dr. Jim Milgram Warns Common Core Will Destroy America's

    09/01/2014 10:32:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9/1/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    During a Friday conference call sponsored by Texas-based Women on the Wall, Stanford mathematician and former member of the Common Core Validation Committee Dr. James Milgram, told listeners that if the controversial standards are not repealed, America’s place as a competitor in the technology industry will ultimately be severely undermined. “In the future, if we want to work with the top level people, we’re going to have to go to China or Japan or Korea… and that’s the future we’re looking at,” Milgram said during the call that was part of a day-long Twitter campaign to target Indiana Gov. Mike...
  • Obama Administration Punishes Oklahoma for Repealing Common Core Standards

    08/28/2014 7:29:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/28/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The U.S. Department of Education (USED) has punished the state of Oklahoma for repealing the Common Core standards and reverting to its previous academic standards by rescinding the state’s waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), making it the second state ever to lose its waiver from the law. As Caitlin Emma of Politico reports, Indiana, on the contrary, was granted a one-year extension of its waiver from NCLB because, though Gov. Mike Pence (R) declared he was the first governor to repeal the Common Core standards, his state’s replacement standards are remarkably similar to the Common Core and, as...
  • Common Core anger triggers homeschooling surge in North Carolina

    08/14/2014 3:45:45 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 6 replies
    Education Action Group ^ | August 14, 2014 | Ben Velderman
    RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina officials say there has been a huge increase over the past two years in the number of Tar Heel families who have pulled their kids out of public schools and begun educating them at home.The number of homeschools has jumped 27 percent since the 2011-12 school year…Read More
  • This Teachers Union President Will ‘PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE’ If You Don’t Like Common Core [VIDEO]

    08/08/2014 11:09:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    the daily caller ^ | 8/8/14 | Eric Owens
    Video surfaced on Thursday showing Michael Mulgrew, president of New York’s United Federation of Teachers, as he unloaded a hateful rant against critics of the Common Core Standards Initiative. “If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hands and say it is mine!” Mulgrew bellowed clownishly. “You do not take what is mine!” The union boss also challenged opponents of Common Core and union control over education to a fist fight. “I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the...
  • Scott Walker Calls on Wisconsin Legislature to Repeal Common Core

    07/17/2014 9:41:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/1/7/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) called on state lawmakers Thursday to pass a bill in January that would repeal the Common Core standards and replace them with “standards set by people in Wisconsin.” According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Walker released a statement Thursday afternoon, just hours after two Republican state senators, Leah Vukmir and Paul Farrow, issued a joint press statement calling for a delay in the use of the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) that are aligned with the Common Core standards. Earlier in the year, Walker helped draft a bill that would create a state board to replace...
  • Okla. Supreme Court upholds Common Core repeal

    07/15/2014 3:41:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    ap ^ | July 15, 2014
    The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Legislature had the authority to repeal Common Core education standards for English and math in the state's public schools. ... Conservative groups maintained that the standards represented federal intrusion into Oklahoma's public education system, and Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law legislation repealing the standards last month.
  • Priceless: Student Sums Up Common Core Idiocy in a SINGLE Word

    07/13/2014 11:46:51 AM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 43 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-08-2014 | Gina Cassini
    by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsOne student got tired of being dumbed-down by Common Core's convoluted "standards" to do basic arithmetic. "Standards" like how to add two numbers, which the student was told to do like THIS: WHAT? It's enough to make you pull your hair out. So when he was given his next basic arithmetic assignment, to find the difference between 180 and 158 (180-158), this 5th grade student just did it his own way -- the right way -- and dissed Common Core with single, awesome word:
  • Wrong Miss Florida Crowned in Voting Mix-Up (Common Core?)

    06/28/2014 1:08:01 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/27/14
    She was Miss Florida for just six days. After organizers realized there had been a vote count error with last Saturday’s pageant, Elizabeth Fechtel, a 20-year-old student at the University of Florida, was dethroned on Friday. The ballot counter at the event, which was held in front of 2,000 spectators in St. Petersburg, didn't see that one of the five judges had changed his mind, writing a new line up on the left-hand side of his ballot.
  • (article from March 18, 2013) New face of GOP: T.W. Shannon, first black speaker of OK Statehouse...

    06/24/2014 11:08:44 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 18, 2013 | Brendan Thomas
    “People focus too much on race,” says T.W. Shannon, a sixth-generation Oklahoman and member of the Chickasaw Nation. What’s more important, he says, is “what you believe and how you’re going to govern.” (SNIP) When asked about other political figures who inspire him, Shannon names Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor. That would not have been the first response of most attendees at CPAC, where libertarian Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) won a straw poll as the preferred next presidential candidate. Shannon says he likes Bush’s stance on education. It’s a tragedy, he adds, that the number one determinant of a...
  • ObamaCore Emerges As a Major Issue As Education Takes An Orwellian Turn

    06/10/2014 8:32:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    New York Sun ^ | 6/10/14 | BETSY McCAUGHEY
    In the past week, Governors Haley of South Carolina and Fallin of Oklahoma evicted Common Core from public schools, even at the risk of losing hundreds of millions of federal dollars promised to states adopting it. Mmes. Haley and Fallin initially supported Common Core. But public outrage is forcing them to reverse course, and more states will follow. In New York, the Republican-Conservative challenger to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Robert Astorino, vows to topple Common Core if he wins in November. Move over Obamacare. Mid-term elections will also be referendums on ObamaCore. Contrary to what the public is told, Common Core...
  • NorCal Tea Party Alert: Common Core Townhall Mon. June 2, 2014

    05/29/2014 7:02:02 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle
    www.SutterButtesTeaParty.org ^ | 5/29/14 | Larry Virga
    The Sutter Buttes Tea Party Patriots invite you to a Town Hall meeting to discuss the State of California’s introduction of Common Core Standards curriculum. There will be a panel of experts led by Paul Preston, Agenda 21 Radio. The purpose of this Town Hall meeting is to bring you up to date on the state’s agenda to implement Common Core Standards in our school system. What are Common Core Standards? What can we do to stop their implementation? The panel will be open to questions and suggestions from the audience. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no membership...
  • Study: New Technology Development Pushed by Feds Allows for Data Collection on Every Child

    05/23/2014 10:32:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 May 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A new study released by the Boston-based Pioneer Institute finds that new technology development that has been encouraged through the use of federal grants has served to threaten children’s privacy by allowing the collection of data on every child. Authors of the study Emmett McGroarty, Joy Pullmann, and Jane Robbins make the case that by means of the nationalized Common Core standards, which states were lured into adopting through competitive grants in the Obama administration’s Race to the Top (RttT) stimulus program in 2009, the federal government has used grant funds to induce states to build identical, increasingly sophisticated student...
  • Price for Nevada dad to see state's school files on his kids: $10G

    05/13/2014 10:23:34 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 5-13-2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Nevada dad John Eppolito got a bad case of sticker shock when he asked state education officials to see the permanent records of his four children. He was told it would cost $10,194. A Lake Tahoe-area real estate agent by trade and a fierce opponent of Common Core, Eppolito was concerned about Nevada's recent decision to join a multi-state consortium that shares students’ data. He wanted to know exactly what information had been compiled on his school-age kids. But state officials told him he would have to pay fees and the cost of programming and running a custom report. “The...
  • WOW: 8th Grade Common Core Lesson in California Asks Kids If Holocaust Was Real or Just a

    05/06/2014 7:58:49 AM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    IJR Review ^ | 5/5/14 | Soopermexican
    School officials said they will be rewriting a controversial essay question developed through the Common Core guidelines that asks eighth graders to consider whether the Holocaust a “real event” or “merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain.” From the San Bernardino Sun: The district says the assignment is merely to teach students to evaluate the quality of evidence made by advocates or opponents of an issue. “When tragic events occur in history, there is often debate about their actual existence,” the assignment reads. “For example, some people claim the Holocaust is not an actual historical event,...
  • Parent to Obama: Let me tell you about the Common Core test Malia and Sasha don’t have to take

    04/24/2014 3:55:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 23 | Valerie Strauss
    I get a lot of e-mail from parents and teachers who wonder if President Obama, whose children go to the private Sidwell Friends School, knows what is actually going on with all of the standardized testing in public schools. Here’s an open letter to Obama explaining what he is missing, written by Rebecca Steinitz, a literacy consultant in urban high schools, a writer and an editor. She was previously director of the High School Program at Lesley University’s School of Education and an English professor at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she ran the Freshman Writing Program. Steinitz is also a...
  • Why are the cops punishing Common Core opponents?

    04/22/2014 5:04:17 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-21-2014 | Robby Soave
    A school district asked the police to prohibit certain students from setting foot on school property because their parents had privacy concerns about Common Core-aligned standardized testing, and wished to opt their kids out.The incident happened at Marietta City Schools in Marietta, Georgia. The Finney family didn’t want their three children — in third grade, fifth grade and ninth grade — to participate in the state-mandated Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, partly because of the vast amounts of data the government is collecting about their children, and partly because they think the tests don’t serve a compelling educational interest, according to The...
  • The Troubles with Common Core

    04/21/2014 2:37:01 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 4-21-2014 | Rick Santorum
    From its beginning, the Common Core State Standards initiative has flown under the radar. Its funding, its implementation, and the substance of the standards it proposes have received little public attention, but all of them are questionable. What troubles me the most is how fast these standards were adopted and how little transparency there was in the process. Not one state legislature voted on the Common Core standards. In the forty-five states where they have been adopted, it was by an act of the governor, the state secretary of education, or the state board of education. The people most affected...
  • Liz Phillips, Brooklyn principal: I have never seen a worse ELA exam. Other principals agree.

    04/08/2014 1:39:02 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com ^ | 4-3-2014 | Leonie Haimson
    Liz Phillips, Brooklyn principal: I have never seen a worse ELA exam. Other principals agree. See below comment from Liz Phillips, principal of PS 321 in Brooklyn, who was scathing about the 2012 exam as well, but says this one was as bad or worse. One would think with all the controversy and parents opting out, NYSED and Pearson would be careful to construct a better set of exams. But perhaps they are simply incapable of doing so. PS 321 PARENTS--Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have just completed three days of the New York State English Language Arts Exam....
  • Teacher Tearfully Describes Bullying and Intimidation She Suffered for Opposing Common Core

    03/27/2014 9:02:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/27/14 | Duane Lester
    Missouri elementary teacher Susan Kimball testified before the Missouri Senate Education Committee that she has been threatened and bullied for her opposition to Common Core.
  • Big business takes on tea party over Common Core

    03/14/2014 1:15:51 PM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | March 14, 2014 | Stephanie Simon
    Tea party activists have been waging war for months against the Common Core academic standards. Now, in a coordinated show of muscle, Big Business is fighting back — and notching wins. The urgent effort stems from a sense among supporters that this is a make-or-break moment for the Common Core, which is under siege all over the country. A coalition including the Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will launch a national advertising blitz Sunday targeted at Republicans skeptical about the standards. Spots promoting the Common Core will air on Fox News and other conservative outlets.
  • NY Common Core Website Directs Kids To Lewd Sex Survey Site: “Are You a Slut?

    01/12/2014 8:00:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 1/12/14 | Rachel Pulaski
    WARNING: Warning: this article contains sexually explicit material. A New York mother of a kindergarten student discovered links to lewd material on the New York State Education Department “Engage NY” Common Core website. The site offers a link to help young students prep for tests and quizzes, when she clicked on the link she was directed to a sex survey website. The link was active on the NYSED website since October 2012. via Bretibart: The New York State Education Department (NYSED) site contained a section called “Make test prep fun,” which directed students to a site with quizzes that help...
  • Watch another high school student take down Common Core like a boss

    01/06/2014 7:26:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/6/14 | Eric Owens
    Another high school student at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenn. is receiving widespread attention for an eloquent speech he made against Common Core at a school board meeting. This time the student, Kenneth Ye, gave a rousing speech before the Knox County school board urging it to drop the Common Core standards because they make learning joyless and, in fact, turn American schools into something approaching Chinese sweatshops. “Our schools are being turned into data-run factories,” Ye charges around the 4:30 mark in the video, “factories based on speedily-approved standards that are now being implemented around the country.”...
  • Watch this high school senior’s epic takedown of Common Core [VIDEO]

    11/14/2013 5:57:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/14/13 | Robby Soave
    A Tennessee high school senior is receiving widespread attention for an eloquent speech he made against Common Core at a school board meeting. Ethan Young, a senior at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenn., made an impassioned argument for dropping the new national education guidelines, which he called “a glowing conflict of interest … that illustrate a mistrust of teachers.” “Somewhere our Founding Fathers are turning in their graves,” he said. Young reserved particularly harsh judgment for the nationwide standardized testing required by Common Core. “If everything I learned in high school was a measurable objective: I haven’t learned...
  • Jeffco Conservatives Sweep School Board Despite Union Opposition ( Colorado )

    11/13/2013 9:29:17 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | November 13, 2013 | Leslie Jorgensen
    Voters slammed on the brakes last week, rejecting Amendment 66, a $1 billion across-the-board income tax hike, and three heavily-subsidized union school board candidates. Instead, voters gave reform candidates the green light. Jeffco voters elected three conservative school board candidates Julie Williams, John Newkirk and Ken Witt – all of whom opposed Amendment 66. Williams, Newkirk and Witt, who campaigned as the “WNW” ticket, will now hold a majority on the five-member school board that includes union-cozy incumbents Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman, whose terms end in 2015. The new trio is expected to take office on Nov. 21. Forty-eight...
  • Common Core or Common failure? Families pull kids out of class

    11/13/2013 7:01:38 AM PST · by Nachum · 87 replies
    katu.com ^ | 11/13/13 | Dan Cassuto KATU News and KATU.com Staff
    HILLSBORO, Ore. – Nine parents pulled their seventh- and eighth-graders out of math class and started teaching them at home, because they are upset with the new Common Core curriculum that public schools in Oregon are starting this year. Seventh-grader Amy Craig has always been an "A" student in math until this year. She came home with a "D." The same thing happened to other students in her school. So their moms got together and decided to teach math themselves – an hour every morning. Then the kids go off to school for the rest of the day. This is...
  • Common Core assignment: Remove two amendments from 'outdated' Bill of Rights

    10/09/2013 12:03:29 AM PDT · by Steelers6 · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 8, 2013 | steelers6
    A mother in the Bryant School District in Arkansas -- a district using the controversial Common Core curriculum -- was surprised to learn her sixth-grade daughter was given a team assignment to revise the Bill of Rights, pruning two amendments from the Constitution while adding two others, Twitchy reported Monday, citing a report at the Digital Journal. The assignment made the assumption that the United States government has determined that the Bill of Rights “is outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer.” The children were to assume the persona of “experts on the Constitution and the...
  • Gov. Scott Rejects Common Core As An ‘Intrusion’ In Florida’s Academic Standards

    09/25/2013 5:48:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 9/24/2013 | Alissa Tabirian
    Florida Governor Rick Scott issued an executive order Monday rejecting the Common Core educational initiative adopted in 2010 by the Florida State Board of Education (BOE) and endorsed by former Gov. Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s Future as a “Federal government intrusion” into his state’s right to set its own academic standards.
  • ‘Dictatorship 101: Beck’s Chilling Break-Down of What Parent Arrested After Questioning Common Core

    09/24/2013 12:28:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/24/13 | Erica Ritz
    Glenn Beck told his audience on Monday that the arrest of a Maryland father who was asking questions about Common Core is frightening evidence of the country moving further along the path that he says goes from “nudge,” to “shove,” to “shoot.” For those unfamiliar with the terms, Beck explained that “it’s how every Marxist utopian dream begins.” “You start simple, with just a little ‘nudge,’” he said. “It’s Cash for Clunkers. It is trying to figure out a way to make energy prices ‘necessarily skyrocket,’ to nudge you into hybrids.”
  • If Lies Don’t Work, Try Force to Shut Them Up: Our Duty to Civil Disobedience

    09/23/2013 4:44:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2013 | John Ransom
    For all those “conservatives” who support Common Core education reform, congratulations: Your side is acting like typical liberals. You’re lying about Common Core and when that doesn’t work, you and your liberal allies are willing to use naked force. Whatever else Common Core is about, it’s not an attempt to implement “standards.” At least in one case, it’s a wholesale rewriting American history, the constitution and common sense. And in another recent case, it’s about the ability to belittle, harass, and arrest the parents who just won’t shut the hell up. We told you so. “Greenville County Schools is...
  • This high school is teaching kids a different version of the Second Amendment

    09/17/2013 2:10:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 51 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/17/2013 | Robby Soave
    A Texas high school is using a textbook that changes the wording of the Second Amendment to weaken gun rights.The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”But at Guyer High School in Denton, Texas, an Advanced Placement U.S. History textbook has rewritten the Second Amendment as: “The people have a right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.”The AP version of the Second Amendment may be easier for...
  • Bill Ayers: Bringing Down America, Destroying Education ( Common Core )

    08/10/2013 11:46:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 15, 2013 | Mary Grabar
    Larry Grathwohl, who had just come back to Cincinnati from Vietnam, was infiltrating the domestic terrorist group Weatherman, the only one to have done so. Larry saved potentially hundreds of lives when he alerted the FBI to a bomb placed near a Detroit police station and a restaurant. Bill Ayers, Education Secretary of Weatherman, told him that in the revolution, lives would have to be sacrificed. ... My interest in Bill Ayers began a few years ago when I learned about his career as a “Distinguished Professor of Education.” In reality he was working to destroy everything that was good...
  • New York test scores hint at hard road ahead for Common Core

    08/10/2013 9:20:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Christian Science ^ | August 8, 2013 | Stacy Teicher Khadaroo
    Just 31 percent of the state’s students in grades 3 to 8 were deemed proficient in math and in English language arts (ELA) on the new tests, compared with about 65 percent in math and 55 percent in ELA on last year’s tests. Kentucky, another leading-edge state implementing its own common core tests, experienced similar declines in scores last year. Most of the 45 states that have signed on to the Common Core are waiting until at least 2014-15 to implement common tests that are still in development. For those who support the Common Core, a set of standards for...