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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CWA Conference Call Wednesday Night

CWA Conference Call Wednesday Night

| July 9, 2013 | Reply

Second Chance to Join CWA’s “Stop Common Core Conference Call” We heard you loud and clear! The tremendous participation during Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) nation-wide “Facts About Common Core Conference Call” and overwhelming requests for another opportunity to join in is why we are hosting a second “Facts about Common Core Conference Call” on […]

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Dates for Common Core Hearings in Lansing

Dates for Common Core Hearings in Lansing

| July 5, 2013 | Reply

Hearings for Common Core will be held in Lansing,  The dates are as follows, The first meeting with be on Tuesday, July 16th from 9-11 a.m. in room 521 HOB. This meeting will bring in testimony on the history and timeline of common core and then the MDE will testify on how it is being […]

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Duncan’s Denial

Duncan’s Denial

| July 1, 2013 | 2 Replies

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan gave a speech at the American Society of News Editors Annual Convention Secretary Duncan said, “The Common Core has become a rallying cry for fringe groups that claim it is a scheme for the federal government to usurp state and local control of what students learn. An op-ed in the […]

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Keeping Up With the Common Core

Keeping Up With the Common Core

| June 28, 2013 | Reply

Along with this website, there are several excellent websites to help you learn more about Common Core, national education standards, and assessments.   Stop Common Core in Michigan does not endorse nor agree with all the views expressed on these websites but we offer them as possible resources to gain helpful information about the Common Core […]

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Next Generation Science Standards

Next Generation Science Standards

| June 27, 2013 | Reply

While much attention is paid to the Common Core State Standards in Math and English  adopted in 2010 by 46 states,  don’t be fooled into thinking that national “common standards” will end with math and English.   Education reform proponents cleverly focused initially on the “least controversial” subjects and then turned their attention to develop other […]

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Upcoming Events to Learn More about Common Core

Upcoming Events to Learn More about Common Core

| June 27, 2013 | Reply

Stop Common Core in Michigan will be speaking at various events around the state.  We will continually be updating this post with new dates and events around the state where you can learn more about Common Core.  So check back often. On Thursday July 18 we will have a speaker in Sandusky MI, at the […]

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Common Core and Private/Homeschooling

Common Core and Private/Homeschooling

| June 25, 2013 | Reply

The Heritage Institute blog, The Foundry, writes, New information on Common Core “alignment” by the ACT, SAT, and even GED exams raises questions about the impact Common Core will have on private and homeschooled students and their ability to “opt out” of the federally incentivized standards if they want to apply for college. …Proponents of […]

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House Sub-Committee on Common Core

House Sub-Committee on Common Core

| June 22, 2013 | Reply

Members of the House Sub-Committee on Common Core Standards were announced.  The House Education Subcommittee on Common Core Standards will be chaired by Saginaw Township Republican Tim Kelly. Legislators on the panel include vice-chair Rep. Amanda Price (R-Park Township); Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester Hills); Rep. Dave Pagel (R-Oronoko Township); Rep. Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage); Rep. Bill […]

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The Federal Game of “Duncan May I?”

The Federal Game of “Duncan May I?”

| June 21, 2013 | Reply

In the June 15, 2013  GOP weekly radio address Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), a former U.S. education secretary who now serves as the Senate education committee’s ranking member sad, “..we have a major disagreement about who should be in charge of our one hundred thousand public schools that educate fifty million American children.   To […]

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HIllsdale Lecture on Common Core

HIllsdale Lecture on Common Core

| June 20, 2013 | Reply

Common Core Education without Representation posted an excellent video today. HIllsdale College Professor Daniel B. Coupland speaks about the servile quality of Common Core’s skills-based focus: “As long as students are told that the end of education is a job or a career, they will forever be servants of some master.” He profoundly says: “If […]

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