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Fordham outrage with opting-out

Fordham outrage with opting-out

| April 15, 2014 | 1 Reply

It appears the Fordham Foundation is getting a bit frustrated with the rising opposition to the Common Core.   In a recent article Chester Finn, Jr.  went so far as to ask if “opting out” of testing is “acceptable” and speculated that it is “probably illegal.” “The opt-out-of-state-testing movement has notched more wins lately. “Thousands,” we […]

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Are teachers being silenced?

Are teachers being silenced?

| March 28, 2014 | 3 Replies

Susan Kimball, a kindergarten teacher, testified in a Missouri hearing against Common Core.   With a shaky voice and tears in her eyes Kimball described how she was being bullied by her administrators not to say anything negative.  Via Missouri Education Watchdog: “I have been strongly discouraged from saying anything negative about Common Core by my […]

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Mr. Powers: Children are NOT infrastructure!

Mr. Powers: Children are NOT infrastructure!

| March 26, 2014 | Reply

Nothing about Common Core infuriates parents more than how politicians and pundits dehumanize our children with their rhetoric.   Human capital, worker pipeline,  and talent pool are frequently used phrases to justify reforms and increased spending so that the state or business receives a maximum “return on their investment.” It’s all about economic success and […]

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Controlling the Common Core

Controlling the Common Core

| March 19, 2014 | Reply

They told us if we adopted the Common Core we were not going to lose control of the classroom or curriculum.  They lied. Copyrights, Assessments, and Czars all mean more centralized control. Once local control is lost it will never be regained.  Teachers and parents must take a stand now and opt out or education […]

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What about Common Core and College?

What about Common Core and College?

| March 18, 2014 | Reply

Minding the Campus has an excellent analysis of the academic impact of Common Core on higher education written by Peter Wood.  Wood is president of the National Association of Scholars.   Here’s an excerpt, What the Common Core will do to college. “The Common Core’s standards amount to an assault on the college curriculum. That’s because […]

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Momentum builds against the Common Core

Momentum builds against the Common Core

| March 14, 2014 | Reply

Momentum is building against the Common Core and that has some people very nervous and worried, especially in  an election year.   Via Politico, 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. […]

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Would you rather be a slave or a factory worker?

Would you rather be a slave or a factory worker?

| March 13, 2014 | Reply

Eight grade students attending Novi Middle school were asked to write an essay on whether they would rather be a slave or a factory worker.   The majority chose a slave.   7 Action News talked to Kaya James, a student at the school. Kaya told 7 Action News her teacher asked the class a question […]

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How states and schools can opt out of Common core

How states and schools can opt out of Common core

| March 12, 2014 | Reply

Dr. Sandra Stotsky, an expert on ELA Standards and a former member of the CCSSI validation committee explains how states and school districts can opt-out of Common Core.    Here’s a key excerpt. On the national level, If a state received RttT money and spent it, it most likely doesn’t have to pay it back if […]

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Conference Call TODAY at 10 AM

Conference Call TODAY at 10 AM

| March 12, 2014 | Reply

We will be hosting a conference call Wednesday March 12, 2014  at 10 AM to answer your questions on Common Core and Smarter Balanced Assessments, College Board, and ACT, Inc., that are being aligned to meet the Common Core.   There will be a brief Powerpoint and then time for Q and A.   Link for Powerpoint […]

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SAT, ACT and College Readiness

SAT, ACT and College Readiness

| March 10, 2014 | Reply

Many people believe that the ACT and the College Board are independent organizations working to adapt to the Common Core.  That is not true.  ACT, Inc.  and College Board were both partners with Achieve in the development of the Common Core.  Additionally, lead architect of the Common Core, David Coleman, currently serves as President of […]

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