Melanie Kurdy raises an excellent point about the last hearing… I would like to review a point that was discussed briefly at the July 31 hearing that I believe is very important, “expectations for students”. I believe the debate we are having should be about improving student learning for all children in Michigan. This is why we are discussing […]
Melanie Kurdys comments to lawmakers regarding the first hearing….. Thank you all for spending yesterday morning listening to testimony about Common Core. The two advocates who spoke, Mr. Cohen and Superintendent Flanagan, made their best case as to why this is a good idea. I appreciate the questions you asked, but it was frustrating that […]
Diane Ravitch explains how Bill Gates is moving past K-12 and taking his money to reform higher education. With $36 billion, the Gates Foundation has too much money, too much power, and not enough common sense nor willingness to listen to those who warn that they are doing harm to basic social institutions. Now the […]
In his speech to news editors at their annual convention, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, When the critics can’t persuade you that the Common Core is a curriculum, they make even more outlandish claims. They say that the Common Core calls for federal collection of student data. For the record, we are not allowed […]
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 […]
State Representative Tom McMillin who has been spearheading our efforts in the Michigan Legislature had an op/ed published in The Detroit News. “Draw a deep breath,” I tell myself before explaining my opposition to the Common Core system. There’s not one reason to oppose it, there are several. And they go to the core of […]
Do you want to learn more about the Common Core State Standards? Jane Robbins of American Principles Project offers a helpful five-part video primer.