Author Archive: Karen Braun

Karen Braun is a writer and conference speaker on issues related education and family life. Her work has appeared in the American Thinker, Crosswalk, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, WatchDog Wire, and various other websites and magazines. She has also appeared on TV and radio venues. Along with blogging, Karen also enjoys homeschooling, running marathons, and spending time with her husband, their six children, and two grand children. For more information please contact Karen at spunkyhomeschool at gmail dot com

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Common Core book publisher admits it is all about $$

Common Core book publisher admits it is all about $$

| January 12, 2016 | Reply

James O’Keefe at Project Veritas (the people that produced the Planned Parenthood videos) has released a new video on Common Core crony corruption.  His tweet states, “BREAKING: We investigate Common Core – High ranking official on tape has been FIRED before we even released video! ” Daily Mail gets the exclusive, ‘I hate kids,’ confessed […]

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Republican Women Call Out Congress

Republican Women Call Out Congress

| December 23, 2015 | 3 Replies

The Republican Women’s Federation of Michigan has written a letter calling out Republicans in Congress for their failure to protect America’s citizens and voting with the Democrats and President Obama to approve the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) earlier this month.  (For more detail on ESSA please see our previous post here.) A PDF of […]

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Trott, Bishop and the majority of Congress were WRONG on ESSA

Trott, Bishop and the majority of Congress were WRONG on ESSA

| December 19, 2015 | 2 Replies

In the days leading up to the vote on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Congressman Mike Bishop posted the following on his Facebook page, House and Senate members have put together a bipartisan bill to REPLACE “No Child Left Behind” with reforms that will rein in the Secretary of Education and give control & […]

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Action Needed:  We must STOP ESSA Today!

Action Needed: We must STOP ESSA Today!

| December 2, 2015 | Reply

A vote is expected today in Congress on Every Student Succeeds Act.  Please contact your Congress person and tell them to vote NO on Every Student Succeeds Act.   The capital switchboard number is 202 224 3121 The ESSA bill was released Monday and is 1,061 pages long.  Three days is NOT sufficient to read, analyze, […]

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Action Item: State Board Meeting Nov. 10

Action Item: State Board Meeting Nov. 10

| November 9, 2015 | Reply

November 10 Michigan State Board of Education (SBE) will continue to discuss the social studies standards but the draft science standards are an “action item” for “approval.  There are still many unanswered questions regarding the science standards that we articulated here and have not received any reply. The people of the state of Michigan must […]

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Action Item:  MI State Board of Ed. meeting Nov. 10

Action Item: MI State Board of Ed. meeting Nov. 10

| November 2, 2015 | Reply

From the posted agenda, it appears that the November 10 Michigan State Board of Education (SBE) will continue to discuss the social studies standards but the draft science standards are an “action item” for “approval.  There are still many unanswered questions regarding the science standards that we articulated here and have not received any reply. […]

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Good grief!  Charlie Brown is “College & Career Ready”

Good grief! Charlie Brown is “College & Career Ready”

| October 12, 2015 | 2 Replies

I’m “excited” to announce that Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts are all college and career ready.  Never mind that Charles Schulz created the popular cartoon characters decades before David Coleman began destroying creativity in the classroom; Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and the gang are all aligned to the Common Core State […]

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MDE Info Sessions Leave Many Questions Unanswered

MDE Info Sessions Leave Many Questions Unanswered

| October 9, 2015 | Reply

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has completed its series of information sessions on the proposed new science and social studies standards.  However, the sessions have left parents and educators with more questions than answers.  What is the cost of the adopting and implementing the new standards for the state and local districts?  The MDE […]

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Digital Dunce Caps in Our Schools

Digital Dunce Caps in Our Schools

| October 8, 2015 | Reply

I received a disturbing message from a concerned mom with a kindergartener worried about a teacher app called Class Dojo that tracks student behavior in class.  She wrote, The teacher displays the app for the class to see. Each child has a monster avatar with points. The app also sends points to parents during the […]

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Update on Proposed Science and Social Studies

Update on Proposed Science and Social Studies

| October 5, 2015 | Reply

Since we posted, “Action Needed: New Science and Social Studies Standards being proposed” which highlighted our concerns with the proposed standards, the Michigan Department of Education (SBE) has been hearing an earful from concerned parents and citizens.  We are making a difference! Thank you to all who have commented on their website or attended their […]

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