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Parents and Teachers:  Common Core is YOUR fault!

Parents and Teachers: Common Core is YOUR fault!

| February 23, 2014 | 1 Reply

In a Facebook chat set-up by Fox and Friends, Mike Kelly of Fordham blamed parents and teachers for Common Core. “If parents and teachers were doing such a great job there would no need for Common Core.  Unfortunately, there is.” So there you go, parents and teachers, it’s all our fault.  According to the experts, […]

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Conference Call Thursday at 8 PM

Conference Call Thursday at 8 PM

| February 23, 2014 | Reply

Join us on a conference call to learn more about Common Core and opting out of assessments.  We have set up two call times next week to accommodate as many schedules as possible.  There will be short presentation and also  time for questions and answers. Monday, February 24 at 10 AM and Thursday, February 27, […]

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Parents: Opt out! Your children have a right-to-learn!

Parents: Opt out! Your children have a right-to-learn!

| February 21, 2014 | Reply

Parents, your children have a “Right-to-Learn” and not be treated like a commodity to be tested, tracked, and shipped like a UPS package to their final destination in the global economy.   As the parent, you have the authority to stop the Common Core chaos and the high-stakes assessments that do not reflect your values and […]

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Under Common Core Students “discover” text

Under Common Core Students “discover” text

| February 20, 2014 | Reply

We are constantly told that Common Core was just a standard and “not a curriculum”  That the standards are “the goal but the teachers will decide how to meet it.”    Now that the standards are being implemented in Michigan schools,  the “evidence” is quite the opposite.   The standards ARE changing what a teacher does […]

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An Open Letter to Michigan Teachers

An Open Letter to Michigan Teachers

| February 19, 2014 | 1 Reply

To the Hardworking Teachers in Michigan, We know that you have chosen your noble profession out of a love of teaching and love of children. We are so grateful to you for all that you do for our children and the future of our great state and country.  We value and appreciate all of your […]

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An Open Letter to Michigan Parents and Citizens

An Open Letter to Michigan Parents and Citizens

| February 18, 2014 | Reply

A Letter to All Michigan K-12 Parents and Interested Citizens From Melanie Kurdys In 2012, I ran for State Board of Education primarily to stop the incredibly inappropriate massive experiment being foisted on our children and our teachers, Common Core. I am sad to report that Michigan’s Republican Governor, Lt. Governor and Republican legislature failed […]

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Support for Common Core is crumbling

Support for Common Core is crumbling

| February 17, 2014 | 2 Replies

It is tempting to think that it is only parents and politicians on the right who oppose the Common Core.  As the New York Times points out, that is not accurate.   Common Core now has critics on the left and from the very liberal state of New York, no less. “But the newest chorus of […]

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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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