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  • Frustrated Parent Posts Ridiculous Common Core Math Question that Teaches to Solve 7x5 in Six Steps

    10/22/2014 7:10:56 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 86 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/22/14 | Aurelius
    A concerned parent posted a picture of their third grader's common core math homework yesterday. Frustrated, they called the homework "ridiculous." Just how ridiculous? Third graders are now being taught how to multply single digit numbers using six steps. Common Core is the over-complication of simple problems. So, how do you solve 7 times 5? You don't just solve it quickly in your head. You don't count by seven five times. Instead, you are supposed to break five into two smaller numbers. It doesn't explain why you don't break seven down, but students are supposed to instantly know that five...
  • Math is on life support. Can we save it?

    10/21/2014 11:03:48 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 62 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 21, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    When is the wrong answer the right answer? Now. Today. Reality alert: we have entered an alternative universe, thanks to Common Core. As people once scorned wrong answers, we will now learn to scorn right answers. Answer-getting (that’s the new jargon) will be held up for contempt, and slowly eliminated. That’s the plan. This is not marginal nonsense. No, it is already mainstream nonsense. Phil Daro is one of the three principal writers of the Common Core Mathematics Standards. A 17-minute video about his ideas is promoted this way: “Phil Daro goes into detail on the problems of ‘Answer-getting,’ one...
  • Common Core Question Asks: "There are 25 Sheep and 5 Dogs in a Flock. How Old is the Shepherd?"

    10/17/2014 11:21:49 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 118 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/17/14 | Aurelius
    In an intentional attempt to study and potentially confuse children, children were asked "There are 25 sheep and 5 dogs in a flock. How old is the shepherd?" Why might you ask this supposedly common-core aligned question? According to the teachers who created this problem, it is to teach students that they must: 1. Explain the meaning of a problem. 2. Plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. 3. Continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" This question has actually been researched for years, and is still being asked to children. Today, however, it is...
  • Texas School ISIS Beheadings Homework Mirrored Common Core Assignment

    10/14/2014 8:04:14 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/ ^ | Oct 12, 2014 | MERRILL HOPE
    Brazoria County is home to Alvin ISD where ABC-13 was among the local TV news outlets that reported on parents outraged by a sixth grade assignment on the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). At the time that these students were given the homework to write a one-page paper, only American journalist James Foley had been butchered by ISIS barbarians. It should also be disconcerting to parents that in the non-Common Core state of Texas, the assignment links back to the Common Core website Teaching the Core. Alvin ISD sixth-graders were asked to read the two-page document,...
  • Hell-bent on Rewriting America's past

    10/09/2014 2:30:25 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 9, 2014 | Dean Kalahar
    There has been a lot of consternation that Common Core and new Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) standards eviscerate the understanding of our exceptional history. Most concerning is the anti-historical emphasis on social justice, globalism, environmentalism, race, class, and gender victimhood that undermines Western ideals, the Constitution, capitalism, and American culture. Up to this point, definitive proof the new “standards” were deleterious was anecdotal. But facts now show not only intent, but a vision and mission that bring schools face to face with forces bent on instilling a false shame Americas past for the purpose of establishing a global...
  • Education: the media are afraid to tell the truth

    10/10/2014 3:18:27 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 26 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | August 9, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Local newspapers in the US don't cover education in any depth. Maybe they’ll tell you superficial and trivial stuff (for example, that a superintendent was hired or fired, that there will be a meeting next month of the school board). But you won’t find anything about the nuts and bolts that determine whether you child learns to read, or learns anything at all. At first glance, this non-coverage can seem to be a mystery. Everybody's interested in education, especially parents and grandparents with kids in K-12. Probably one of the most valuable things that you could tell these people is...
  • Common Core Math Question: How Does 8 + 5 = 10?

    10/10/2014 9:28:56 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 89 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/10/14 | Aurelius
    Imagine you are a student doing math work. You've gone through a number of questions, and you feel you've really got the hang of everything. Then, all of a sudden you get this question: "Tell how to make 10 when adding 8 + 5." What do you respond? That was the problem facing a young student learning how to add using Common Core. The student responded with confusion, answering the same way most of us would: "You cannot make 10 withe [sic] 8 + 5." The student was told he was wrong. Underneath, his teacher wrote, "Yes you can. Take...
  • National Common Core Database to Track Kids From Birth

    10/09/2014 9:00:59 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 23 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 10, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Attention, parents: Have your little ones been subjected to "TS Gold" in school yet? If you care about student privacy, data mining and classroom intrusions, you might want to start asking questions and protecting your children now before it's too late. What's happening here in Colorado with this onerous testing regime is happening everywhere. Informed families and teachers from all parts of the political spectrum agree: It's a Big Government/Big Business "gold" rush you don't want to join.... Last spring, parent Lauren Coker discovered that TS Gold assessors in her son's Aurora, Colo., public preschool had recorded information about his...
  • Common Core Math Problem: How to Subtract 293 from 568 in Just 10 Steps! (With Picture)

    10/06/2014 1:47:52 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 72 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/6/14 | Aurelius
    Imagine a teacher asks you to solve this question: 568-293. Depending on your age you might do one of three things... ...Third, you might use the new common core was to subtract, which is much simpler, with only... 10 steps. First, you would take the 200 out of the 293, and save the 93 for later. Then you would take 568 and subtract 200 from it. Then you'd take the remaining 368 and you would subtract 60 from it, because you are taught that, for some reason, you cannot simply subtract 90 from 368. 368-60 equals 308. Then you subtract...
  • Building the Machine – interviews with parents re: Common Core

    10/04/2014 1:26:34 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sept. 30, 2014 | HSLDA
    I've been campaigning against Common Core for six years -– this VIDEO is one of the best things I've seen. A bit long at 22 minutes but please watch it all. Yes, you'll be depressed and may even cry. This video confirms my sense that we should cancel Common Core entirely. Don't discuss or negotiate. The people behind Common Core are far-leftists. They will keep lying and manipulating. I don't imagine they will negotiate in good faith. ----- (My own most recent article is called "Common Core fulfills an ugly dream." It gives an historical perspective. On Examiner.com. Just Google...
  • Common Core: K-16 Education (Nuff Said)

    10/03/2014 12:24:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2014 | Mary Grabar
    Editor's note: This column was originally published at SFPPR News & Analysis. Right around this time of the fall semester, after I’d returned the first batch of papers, I’d hear the complaint from my college freshmen: “But I got all A’s in high school English!” My colleagues heard it too, but our response was, “But you’re in college now.” Because of the latest developments under Common Core, we can now expect the student to challenge the professor and say, “But that’s not what I learned in high school!” And he will have the full weight of the college administration, the...
  • Newer New Math

    10/03/2014 5:09:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    The other night I could hear my wife and third-grade daughter talking heatedly about something. I assumed they were having an argument. But eavesdropping on the raised voices, I realized that was not it. They were both loudly, angrily complaining about my daughter's math homework. Her assignment involved one of several methods of subtraction she must learn. The way most people learn to subtract -- carrying numbers and borrowing -- is derisively called the "Granny Method" and is discouraged. The task at hand the other night involved subtracting using the "Counting-Up Subtraction Method." This method of subtracting actually uses addition....
  • Common Core: Beyond Rote

    10/01/2014 6:36:29 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 53 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 30, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    As we’ve noted before, when proponents of the Obama Administration’s Common Core education reforms try to make the case for the program, they often end up giving material to its opponents. Case in point: the Center for American Progress (CAP), in a recently released report on The Cognitive Science Behind the Common Core, attempted to show how much easier Common Core math is than traditional means of mathematical problem-solving: “Elizabeth is at the grocery store buying fruit for the week. She wants to purchase $7.60 worth of apples with a $20.00 bill. How much change should the cashier return to...
  • School Guidance, Common Core & the Orwellian State

    09/30/2014 9:57:37 AM PDT · by armytrackgirl · 4 replies
    www.treehouseletter.com ^ | September 2014 | M.B. Shattan
    Our Middle School principal sent guidance on the topic of town safety: students are discouraged from walking into town after school. He shares the numbers and concludes: "Anyway you “do the math”, you can calculate that a large number of unsupervised middle school aged students in town is not an emotionally or physically safe situation." (See full excerpt below) Here’s the principal’s argument. Assume 3 out of 10 of the 625 upper division students walk to town: 180-190 students in town Assume 2 out of 10 of the 625 lower division students walk to town: 150 students in town Estimate:...
  • ‘A’ Is for Agitation: What’s Really Going on in Jefferson County Schools

    09/29/2014 7:51:09 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 19 replies
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    There’s a big battle brewing in the Jefferson County, Colorado, school system. The manufactured controversy over a proposed curriculum review is generating national New York Times headlines. But the fight is not about what misguided students and biased reporters say it’s about. “Censorship” is a red herring. The real issue is union control. Here’s the deal: Public school teachers in this Denver-area district walked out of their classrooms this week to protest the implementation of performance-based pay. The JeffCo school board approved the new compensation system last week, which rewards the most highly effective teachers with 4.2 percent raises, effective...
  • Unrepentant Ted Cruz Calls Democrats the ‘Radical Party’

    09/27/2014 10:13:09 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 54 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 26, 2014 12:30 pm ET | Beth Reinhard
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s speech to hundreds of conservative activists on Friday amounted to a dare to other potential Republican candidates in 2016: Just try to get to the right of me. Just try it.Mr. Cruz called for abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, getting rid of the Common Core educational standards and repealing the Affordable Care Act. He defined himself as staunchly anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage and pro-Israel.“There are people in Washington who say Republicans to win have to abandon our values,” he said, as members of the audience shouted “No way!” and “It’s a lie!”While polls last year showed that last...
  • 'A' Is for Agitation: What's Really Going on in Jefferson County Schools

    09/26/2014 1:10:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    There's a big battle brewing in the Jefferson County, Colorado, school system. The manufactured controversy over a proposed curriculum review is generating national headlines. But the fight is not about what misguided students and biased reporters say it's about. "Censorship" is a red herring. The real issue is union control. Here's the deal: Public school teachers in this Denver-area district walked out of their classrooms this week to protest the implementation of performance-based pay. The JeffCo school board approved the new compensation system last week, which rewards the most highly effective teachers with 4.2 percent raises, effective teachers with 2.4...
  • Who wrote the new AP US History framework? Now we know.

    09/19/2014 9:04:50 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 4 replies
    George Mason University History News Network ^ | 9-18-2014 | Authors of the AP United States History Curriculum Framework
    We, the authors below, served on the Advanced Placement United States History Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee from 2008 through 2012. In that capacity, guided by continued dialogue with and input from the teachers who work each day with our nation’s most talented and dedicated students, we authored the Curriculum Framework that was published in October 2012 and that is at the heart of the College Board’s current Course and Exam Description for AP U.S. History.
  • Common Core about settling scores for race, class and gender victimhood

    09/17/2014 11:35:46 AM PDT · by walford · 22 replies
    Education Action Group Foundation ^ | September 17, 2014 | Dean Kalahar
    SARASOTA, Fla. – The uproar over Common Core has created misinformation and serious concerns as to its efficacy. To clear up the confusion, once and for all, we must look at the birth of Common Core to see the vision guiding its mission. However noble Common Core may sound, it is but a host carrier for a radical disease that must be exposed. commoncoreappleCommon Core’s roots date to 2007 when David Coleman and Jason Zimba wrote: Math and Science Standards That Are Fewer, Clearer, Higher to Raise Achievement at All Levels. The paper outlined a proposal to solve the math...
  • Common Core’s Revenge

    09/16/2014 7:23:04 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 15, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The Pioneer Institute, a Massachusetts-based think tank, released a new study, “The Revenge of K-12: How Common Core and the New SAT Lower College Standards in the U.S.” to help parents, teachers, and policymakers understand the problems with the Common Core State Standards. Authors Robert Phelps and Common Core Validation Committee member R. James Milgram go in-depth on the background of the Common Core standards and the qualifications (or lack thereof) of the writers of the standards. Milgram, an emeritus professor of mathematics at Stanford University, was one of five members of the validation committee who refused to sign onto...
  • D.C. Sixth-Grade Teacher Has Students Compare Hitler, Bush

    09/11/2014 3:35:25 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 52 replies
    NBC4 Washington ^ | 9/11/14 | Derrick Ward
    A D.C. sixth-grade teacher will apologize for an assignment that asked students to draw comparisons between former President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler. The McKinley Middle School teacher sent students home with a Venn diagram and asked them to compare and contrast Bush and Hitler. At least one parent found it troubling on a number of levels. He told News4 he sees a certain lack of respect for the office of the president. And the instructions read "both men who abused their powers," which the parent said presents opinion as fact. D.C. Public Schools released a statement late Wednesday...
  • Megyn Kelly Takes On Ward Churchill: How Can You Compare 9/11 Victims to Nazis?

    09/09/2014 7:03:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 78 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 8th, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    Megyn Kelly tonight brought viewers the first part of her contentious showdown with Professor Ward Churchill, best known for his controversial comments about the “little Eichmanns” who were in the World Trade Center when the planes hit on September 11th. ... Churchill stood by the Eichmann comment, saying, “You do not have to be the one who turned on the gas if you’re making it possible for the gas to be there.”
  • Ravitch: Time for Congress to investigate Bill Gates’ role in Common Core

    09/08/2014 7:45:12 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 9, 2014 | Valerie Strauss
    . . . . . . I have written on various occasions (here and here) that I could not support the Common Core standards because they were developed and imposed without regard to democratic process. The writers of the standards included no early childhood educators, no educators of children with disabilities, no experienced classroom teachers; indeed, the largest contingent of the drafting committee were representatives of the testing industry. No attempt was made to have pilot testing of the standards in real classrooms with real teachers and students.. The standards do not permit any means to challenge, correct, or revise...
  • AP Downgrades History

    09/08/2014 7:36:12 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 18 replies
    Accuracy in Academia | September 7, 2014 | Tony Perkins
    School’s back — and so is the liberal agenda! Across the country, parents and lawmakers are up in arms about an honors curriculum that gives new meaning to the phrase “history in the making.” The 95-page outline is so agenda-driven, educators complain, that basic U.S. facts are either distorted — or worse, omitted altogether. The College Board’s proposal is a study in liberal indoctrination — so much so that the Republican National Committee (RNC) formally opposed the idea in August. In a vote, the RNC concluded that the Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum is a “radical revisionist view” of America’s greatest...
  • Stotsky: Bill Gates' Deceptive Drive to Continue Common Core Will Weaken Public Schools

    09/07/2014 9:58:11 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dr. Sandra Stotsky | Dr. Sandra Stotsky
    The Gates Foundation has been very busy trying to figure out ways for governors, state boards, and commissioners of education to pretend they are giving up Common Core’s standards or tests, while ensuring these states still have warmed-over versions in place to satisfy Bill Gates’ ambitions. We now have many examples of states that have gone through the motions to placate the still-growing army of parents, teachers, state legislators, and other citizens demanding a stronger, not weaker, public school system. But, instead of developing stronger alternative standards in place of Common Core’s misbegotten standards, some elected and appointed officials have deliberately...
  • An Evening With the Video Game Developers Funded By Millions from the U.S. Government

    09/06/2014 2:23:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Over glasses of wine and a disco-spinning DJ, more than a dozen government-funded game developers showcased their products on a Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. Various government agencies have been paying these developers millions of dollars to create educational video games. The games ran the gamut from a Common Core-aligned, Shire-themed math challenge to a “judgment-free” historical role-playing game—and none of them were cheap. One young developer was eager to explain that the government spends more on these programs than most people might imagine. They’re usually funded through the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), on which the government spends...
  • Math Teacher Takes Almost an Entire Minute Explaining How to Add 9 Plus 6 Using Common Core Math

    09/04/2014 2:09:32 PM PDT · by walford · 124 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Sep. 4, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    A simple addition problem seems to become a little more complicated under Common Core. That is made very clear in a new “Homework Helper” segment that recently aired on WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, New York. In the new educational segments, local teachers attempt to help confused parents better understand their children’s Common Core homework. In the introductory segment, a math teacher takes nearly an entire minute explaining why 9 plus 6 equals 15. “Our young learners might not be all together comfortable thinking about what 9 plus 6 is. They are quite comfortable thinking about their friend 10,” the teacher says...
  • Texas Parents Stunned by Common Core Materials Coming Home From School

    09/04/2014 6:16:37 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4 Sep 2014, 5:25 AM PDT | Merrill Hope
    DALLAS, Texas -- It is like a Texas sampler platter of the 2014-15 Common Core offerings served up around the state -- Sadlier "Common Core Enriched Edition" Vocabulary, Springboard and Carnegie Math. There is even a kindergarten handout that defines the importance of the term "Common Core." Parents are up in arms. More so, they are worried. They have heard endlessly that there is no Common Core in Texas. It is the law. Yet, this is what is coming home in the backpacks. To her surprise, a Boerne Independent School District (ISD) parent pulled out the "6 Math Terms to Know...
  • Sen. Mike Lee Pleads: Abolish Common Core

    09/02/2014 8:56:48 AM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 01 Sep 2014 | Courtney Coren
    Sen. Mike Lee has called on Americans to join him in the effort to abolish the federal Common Core education standards "As a U.S. Senator, I’ve seen the federal government make a mess of everything it touches," the Utah Republican wrote in the email sent out Monday morning. "And if they're allowed to stay, Common Core standards will be the ObamaCare of education," he wrote. "Common Core is the DC takeover of our school system. It will dumb down standards and cheapen the education our children receive." All kids in America "deserve the best education in the world. The only...
  • Common Core Blockbuster: Mathematician Dr. Jim Milgram Warns Common Core Will Destroy...

    09/02/2014 7:35:59 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/1/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    During a Friday conference call sponsored by Texas-based Women on the Wall, Stanford mathematician and former member of the Common Core Validation Committee Dr. James Milgram, told listeners that if the controversial standards are not repealed, America’s place as a competitor in the technology industry will ultimately be severely undermined. “In the future, if we want to work with the top level people, we’re going to have to go to China or Japan or Korea… and that’s the future we’re looking at,” Milgram said during the call that was part of a day-long Twitter campaign to target Indiana Gov. Mike...
  • Common Core Blockbuster: Mathematician Dr. Jim Milgram Warns Common Core Will Destroy America's

    09/01/2014 10:32:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9/1/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    During a Friday conference call sponsored by Texas-based Women on the Wall, Stanford mathematician and former member of the Common Core Validation Committee Dr. James Milgram, told listeners that if the controversial standards are not repealed, America’s place as a competitor in the technology industry will ultimately be severely undermined. “In the future, if we want to work with the top level people, we’re going to have to go to China or Japan or Korea… and that’s the future we’re looking at,” Milgram said during the call that was part of a day-long Twitter campaign to target Indiana Gov. Mike...
  • Four Statist Policies Gov. Mike Pence Champions

    07/23/2014 10:37:41 AM PDT · by Gipper08 · 22 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 14, 2014 | Joy Pullman
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence would like to ride into the presidency as he has his governorship: On the coattails of his predecessor, former Gov. Mitch Daniels. Unlike his years in Congress, PenceÂ’s governorship has been largely marked, not by forging crucial and substantive policies that reign in the administrative state and advance the cause of liberty, but by a refusal to make waves. In our current climate, that means governing as a technocratic Progressive. So while treating Hoosiers to essentially the stable status quo Daniels earned making tough and politically risky decisions, Pence has been traveling the country, proclaiming his...
  • Common Core: Bobby Jindal says Obama forcing a national curriculum

    08/29/2014 12:34:15 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 7 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 8/27/14 | By Stacy Teicher Khadaroo
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) sued the US Department of Education Wednesday, accusing it of violating federal law and the US Constitution by strong-arming states into adopting the Common Core State Standards and assessments. “The federal government has hijacked and destroyed the Common Core initiative,” Governor Jindal said, in a statement. “What started out as an innovative idea to create a set of base-line standards that could be ‘voluntarily’ used by the states has turned into a scheme by the federal government to nationalize curriculum.”
  • Oklahoma Loses Waiver From No Child Left Behind Provisions (due to leaving Common Core)

    08/29/2014 6:10:09 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 28, 2014 | MOTOKO RICH
    As a result of its retreat from Common Core, a set of reading and math standards adopted by more than 40 states, Oklahoma was notified Thursday that it lost its waiver from key provisions of No Child Left Behind, the signature Bush-era education law. Under the waiver, Oklahoma — along with 42 other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico — were released from the requirement under the old law that all students demonstrate proficiency in reading and math by 2014 or be declared failing. To receive the waiver, Oklahoma had committed to adopting more rigorous “college and career...
  • Obama Administration Punishes Oklahoma for Repealing Common Core Standards

    08/28/2014 7:29:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/28/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The U.S. Department of Education (USED) has punished the state of Oklahoma for repealing the Common Core standards and reverting to its previous academic standards by rescinding the state’s waiver from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), making it the second state ever to lose its waiver from the law. As Caitlin Emma of Politico reports, Indiana, on the contrary, was granted a one-year extension of its waiver from NCLB because, though Gov. Mike Pence (R) declared he was the first governor to repeal the Common Core standards, his state’s replacement standards are remarkably similar to the Common Core and, as...
  • Common Core Defeats Pile Up

    08/28/2014 7:21:51 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 22 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 27, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Common Core, as it is known to the American public, has seen significant setbacks in recent months as parents and teachers have staged an open revolt against the government-mandated education standards. Its official name, the Common Core State Standards, was a one-size-fits-all education standard given by the federal government in English and math for grades K-12. However, the standards were put into place by private organizations and committees, but not approved by lawmakers or voters. mary fallin common core As we have noted, Common Core has a weirdly bipartisan coalition supporting it consisting of current Democratic officeholders such as the...
  • Where's the Intelligent Design in Ohio House Bill 597?

    08/27/2014 7:41:49 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 5 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | August 27, 2014 | Casey Luskin
    Where's the Intelligent Design in Ohio House Bill 597? Casey Luskin August 27, 2014 5:56 AM | Permalink Just as they did back in 2006, the Darwin Lobby and the media have concocted a story that intelligent design is going to be taught in Ohio. According to a recent article in the Columbus Dispatch, "Intelligent design could be taught with Common Core's repeal," Ohio House Bill 597 "would allow intelligent design and creationism to be taught alongside evolution in science classes." You might expect that a bill to "allow intelligent design and creationism to be taught alongside evolution" would say...
  • The Flimsy Evidence Behind Common Core

    08/25/2014 6:33:53 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/25/2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Jason Richwine at National Review Online reports that the evidence behind the Common Core standards is “really weak”, despite proponents’ claims that they are “research- and evidence-based.” Richwine dives into some of the lackluster research behind the standards: Now the Center for Education Policy at George Washington University has put together a compendium summarizing over 60 research papers related to Common Core design and implementation. If there is empirical evidence on the importance of strong standards, this is probably the place to find it. Unfortunately, only two papers in the entire compendium are devoted to measuring the impact of Common...
  • Need Freepers Help: Where has Huckabee stepped in it?

    08/21/2014 10:28:38 AM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 79 replies
    Vanity | 8-21-14 | Self
    Need some help remembering: where Mike Huckabee has demonstrated his establishment thinking and his lack of understanding of conservative issues (outside of the social issues)- and where he has bought into big government solutions. I'm on a panel tomorrow about Huckabee in 2016 (I did not choose the topic) - and I need some memory jogging.
  • Judge removes Jindal’s Common Core ban

    08/21/2014 7:12:24 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 08/20/2014 | Kellan Howell
    A Louisiana district judge removed Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive order banning Common Core testing on Tuesday. Mr. Jindal has been fighting an uphill battle since June with the state’s board of education to combat Louisiana’s participation in PARCC, a collective of states working together to develop standardizes testing based on Common Core. In a written opinion, Judge Todd Hernandez, said the injunction on testing that was granted at Mr. Jindal’s request caused anxiety within the school system. “The evidence is clear that this state of the unknown has caused anxiety and other harm to the parents, teachers, administrators and...
  • Surveys: Americans, Teachers Souring on Common Core

    08/20/2014 5:01:23 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 3 replies
    The New American ^ | 20 August 2014 | Thomas R. Eddlem
    Surveys: Americans, Teachers Souring on Common Core The New American 20 August 2014 Support for the Common Core national educational standards has plummeted in the past year among Americans who are familiar with the standards, according to two polls released this week.Among the general public, 53 percent of Americans support Common Core, according to an EducationNext poll, compared with 65 percent in 2013. The drop was even more precipitous among teachers. In just that one year, support for Common Core among teachers has sunk from 76 percent to 46 percent.A Phi Delta Kappa International poll, conducted by Gallup, noted that...
  • Most Americans oppose Common Core standards: Poll

    08/20/2014 3:26:23 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 7 replies
    Support for Common Core educational standards has dropped as awareness of the program has spread over the past year, new polling finds. Among Americans who have heard a great deal about the standards, just 33 percent support the standards while 59 percent oppose them, the annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools reveals.
  • Modesto Bee Inadvertently Exposes Absurdity of Common Core History Lesson

    08/20/2014 9:44:13 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 20, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Did you know that the Declaration of Independence was really a breakup letter due to a "failing relationship."  See, the couple thought they would be "together forever but then things change."  One party thought the other was taking their relationship for granted. So it was time to break up. Alone time was needed . This was how the Declaration of Independence is presented in a Common Core lesson as reported by Nan Austin of the Modesto Bee in California. The funniest thing about her article is that Ms Austin obviously thought she was presenting Common Core in a good light...
  • PDK/Gallup Poll Finds Rising Awareness, Majority Opposition to Common Core

    08/20/2014 8:53:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Education Week ^ | August 20, 2014 | By Lauren Camera
    While more people know what the Common Core State Standards are than last year, a majority of them oppose the standards, according to the 46th edition of the PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. Overall, the wide-ranging survey found, 81 percent of those polled said they had heard about the common standards, compared with 38 percent last year. However, 60 percent oppose the standards, generally because they believe the standards will limit the flexibility that teachers have to teach what they think is best. Last year's poll did not specifically ask respondents whether or not they...
  • Common Core Standards Drastically Losing Support (from Both Teachers and Public)

    08/19/2014 12:10:13 PM PDT · by xzins · 8 replies
    CBN ^ | August 19, 2014 | CBN
    A new survey shows that support for the federal education standards known as the Common Core is slipping. Education Next, an education journal from Stanford University's Hoover Institution, surveyed 5,000 respondents (including a number of educators) and found that just 40 percent of teachers back the Common Core compared to 76 percent just a year ago. At the same time, teacher opposition has tripled from 12 to 40 percent. The survey finds that support among the public is also slipping. In 2013, 65 percent of the general public favored the standards compared to 53 percent today. Across the states, momentum...
  • Dept. of Ed Goes Global

    08/18/2014 7:38:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 16 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 15, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The U.S. Department of Education’s report, “Succeeding Globally Through International Education and Engagement” tries to show how American students will gain more international experience. The report features six quotes by the department secretary Arne Duncan, with phrases such as “recipe for protectionism and global strife,” “grow the pie for all” or “compassionate neighbors” and “global society.” Here are the six quotes, with the corresponding dates, in full: “The economic future of the United States rests not only on its ability to strengthen our education system but also on citizens in other nations raising their living standards. Thinking of the future...
  • College Board Erases the Founding Fathers

    08/16/2014 10:13:32 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 80 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August16, 2014 | Patrick Jakeway
    August 16, 2014 College Board Erases the Founding Fathers. By Patrick Jakeway The classic novel Brave New World describes a future in which people have lost all of their liberty and in which they have become drugged robots obedient to a central authority. It also details how this control was first established. First, the rulers had to erase all history and all the people’s memory of a time before their bondage. Today, the history of George Washington's leadership has been erased in the new Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History test/curriculum, taking effect in the fall of 2014. The College Board,...
  • Common Core anger triggers homeschooling surge in North Carolina

    08/14/2014 11:52:12 AM PDT · by upchuck · 28 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Ben Velderman
    North Carolina officials say there has been a huge increase over the past two years in the number of Tar Heel families who have pulled their kids out of public schools and begun educating them at home. The number of homeschools has jumped 27 percent since the 2011-12 school year, NewsObserver.com reports.As of last year, 98,172 North Carolinian children were homeschooled; that’s 2,400 students more than the number who attended a private school.While the sputtering economy is the reason families are choosing homeschooling over private schooling, the nationalized learning experiment (Common Core) is the main reason families are leaving the...
  • Common Core's Growing Unpopularity

    08/12/2014 1:41:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The highly acclaimed school standards called Common Core are becoming so unpopular that they may soon be politically untouchable. The critics are piling on from Glenn Beck to the Wall Street Journal, with senior academics and activist parents in-between. The latest is a detailed criticism of the mathematics standards by a prize-winning math professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Marina Ratner. It is refreshing that her criticisms are very specific and include examples of assignments that parents can see are ridiculous. Professor Ratner became alerted to the stupidity of Common Core by looking at the homework assigned...
  • CA State Senate Passes Bill Requiring Schools to Teach About President Obama (Puke Tsunami)

    08/09/2014 10:25:41 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Minority Report ^ | August 10, 2014 | Staff
    A new, unprecedented bill passed by California’s State Senate on Thursday will encourage public schools to teach students about the historical significance surrounding Barack Obama’s status as the first African-American president of the United States of America. Assembly Bill 1921 passed with a 30-1 vote, according to the Associated Press. It was introduced by Assemblyman Dan Holden (D-Pasadena). Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) says the bill would require the Instructional Quality Commission (which facilitates much of California’s Common Core framework) to consider teaching students about Obama’s election within the context of past voter discrimination, the AP notes. Sen. Joel Anderson...