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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Who’s the baby daddy?

Who’s the baby daddy?

| February 15, 2014 | Reply

The Michigan Constitution says in part, “Sec. 1. Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of  mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” So where does a high school biology assignment that promotes promiscuity and asks students to figure out the “baby daddy” fit in our […]

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Teachers frustrated with SBAC tests

Teachers frustrated with SBAC tests

| February 15, 2014 | Reply

Assessments (tests) are a key component of the Common Core.   Currently, Michigan is part of the Smarter Balanced Consortia (SBAC).  The SBAC has 24 states and territories at various stages of implementation.  Due to House Concurrent Resolution 11, Michigan lawmakers are holding hearings to gather information about the different assessments available, including SBAC.  Other […]

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MI teacher concerned about the Common Core

MI teacher concerned about the Common Core

| February 13, 2014 | Reply

As we speak around the state about Common Core we’ve noticed a common theme at many of our events:  Teachers have serous concerns about the Common Core and how it will change their profession.  Many are also worried that if they publicly voice those concerns they may face consequences in their school or jeopardize their […]

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Interview on WJR 760

Interview on WJR 760

| February 11, 2014 | Reply

Many thanks to Frank Beckmann and WJR 760 for providing the opportunity to inform his listeners about the issues with Common Core and assessments.   Frank Beckmann clearly did his research and understand the serious problems with national standards and assessments.   Parents and teachers are growing more frustrated with the curricula, the testing, and the loss […]

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The Assessment Landscape

The Assessment Landscape

| February 11, 2014 | Reply

A “must-see” thirteen minute video that presents the serious  issues with common standards and standardized tests. “Where is the evidence that a centralized system is better than local control?” ~  Chris Tienke Please share with your family and friends. Parents not  politicians and should be guiding the most important decisions in a child’s life.    In […]

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What’s next for Michigan parents?

What’s next for Michigan parents?

| February 10, 2014 | Reply

Many parents are asking us what can we do now that Common Core was adopted and a resolution (HCR 11) passed that allows the implementation of Common core to go forward. The STOP Common Core of Michigan team has devised a strategy for 2014 which we believe will help turn the tide in favor of […]

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Joint Hearing on Assessments

Joint Hearing on Assessments

| February 6, 2014 | Reply

Due to the snow many were not able to attend the event and hearing at the Capital.   Here is a video of the entire hearing.  Thank you to those who made the journey and stayed to testify.  We appreciate it!  

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Feb. 5 Common Core at the Capital

Feb. 5 Common Core at the Capital

| February 3, 2014 | Reply

DONT FORGET OUR PRESENTATION AND SMARTER  HEARINGS WEDNESDAY FEB 5th TESTING = CONTROL OF CURRICULUM and DATA COLLECTION What is tested is what is taught. What is taught is what is thought. Keep watching Stop Common Core in Michigan facebook in case of weather changes to the below hearings. Along with the hearing we have […]

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School-choice and common core are mortal enemies

School-choice and common core are mortal enemies

| January 31, 2014 | Reply

On Wednesday, I attended a School Choice event hosted by America’s Future Foundation.   One of the panelists was Aquan Miles, Principal from Taylor Prep who enthusiastically talked about the innovative ways her high school is meeting the needs of the community.  Also on the panel was Dan Quisenberry of MAPSA.   Quisenberry spoke highly of School […]

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Student Data NOT safe under SBAC

Student Data NOT safe under SBAC

| January 30, 2014 | Reply

Is your  student-level data safe now that we have adopted the Common Core?   That is a hot topic in Michigan right now as we decide our assessments.  Currently we are part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (SBAC).  School officials and others want us to believe that under SBAC your child’s data is safe.  It’s […]

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