Shane Vander Hart

Shane Vander Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Caffeinated Thoughts, a popular Christian conservative blog in Iowa. He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, a social media & communications consulting/management firm, along with serving as the communications director for American Principles Project’s Preserve Innocence Initiative.  Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings.  He has taught Jr. High History along with being the Dean of Students for Christian school in Indiana.  Shane and his wife home school their three teenage children and have done so since the beginning.   He has recently been recognized by Campaigns & Elections Magazine as one of the top political influencers in Iowa. Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook, follow him on Twitter or connect with him on Google +.

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Minnesota Students Pressured Over Opting Out of Assessments

Filed in Common Core Assessments by on September 16, 2014 2 Comments
Minnesota Students Pressured Over Opting Out of Assessments

A principal and science teacher in a southern Minnesota middle school tried to convince students who opted out of taking the NWEA MAP test last week that their parents misunderstood the assessments and were conveying false information to them about the nature of the assessments. Some students recorded their principal talking to students who opted […]

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Common Core’s Latest PR Campaign Is Awfully Lame

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 11, 2014 2 Comments
Common Core’s Latest PR Campaign Is Awfully Lame

Common Core still hasn’t found its softer, fuzzy side. Opponents have video of exasperated kids, we don’t need to produce a video with actors when we can talk to real moms, dads, and kids.  On the other side Six One Seven Studios, a group of filmmakers who want to help get the word out about […]

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Common Core Math Anxiety Personified in a 2nd Grader

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 10, 2014 17 Comments
Common Core Math Anxiety Personified in a 2nd Grader

A single mother in Louisiana gave me permission to share the video below of her child expressing frustration over her new Common Core-aligned homework.  She told me, “I hate sharing the video of my baby crying, but we’ve got to get this out of our schools.”  She has four children and they all are having […]

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How Common Core and The New SAT Lower College Standards in the U.S.

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 10, 2014 0 Comments
How Common Core and The New SAT Lower College Standards in the U.S.

Pioneer Institute released this week another white paper.  The paper entitled “The Revenge of K-12: How Common Core and the New SAT Lower College Standards in the U.S.” was authored by Richard Phelps and James Milgram. Pioneer’s description of the paper: This white paper presents evidence that Common Core math standards’ (CCMS) weak Algebra II […]

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Common Core: The Government’s Classroom Webcast

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 10, 2014 0 Comments
Common Core: The Government’s Classroom Webcast

If you missed last night’s webcast hosted by Family Research Council the archive is up. Guests included Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Dr. Sandra Stotsky of the University of Arkansas; Jane Robbins, Esq. of the American Principles Project; Dr. Neal McCluskey of the CATO Institute; and Will Estrada, Esq. of the Home […]

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Louisiana Activists Urge Vitter to Reconsider His Support for Common Core

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 4, 2014 0 Comments
Louisiana Activists Urge Vitter to Reconsider His Support for Common Core

Early last month U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) said that he strongly supports the Common Core in his state putting him at odds with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal who signed an executive order pulling his state out of Common Core and PARCC, only to have that action blocked in court.  Jindal has since filed a […]

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James Milgram Discusses Common Core Math Standards on Fox Business

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 4, 2014 1 Comment
James Milgram Discusses Common Core Math Standards on Fox Business

Stanford University Mathematician and former Common Core validation committee member Dr. James Milgram discusses his concerns with the Common Core Math Standards on the Fox Business Network yesterday. You can watch below: Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com    

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Lee County School Board Bullied Into Rescinding Vote to Ban Assessments

Filed in Common Core Assessments by on September 3, 2014 1 Comment
Lee County School Board Bullied Into Rescinding Vote to Ban Assessments

The State of Florida bullied the Lee County School Board into rescinding its previous vote banning all assessments in the Southwest Florida school district. The state threatened the district saying they would “lose hundreds of millions of dollars in funding and that its graduates diplomas would be worthless.” Here is the video coverage from the […]

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James Milgram Discusses Indiana Common Core Rebrand

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on September 2, 2014 0 Comments
James Milgram Discusses Indiana Common Core Rebrand

During last week’s Twitter rally targeting Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Women on the Wall held a conference call that featured a number of guests including former member of the Common Core Math Standards validation committee Dr. James Milgram of Stanford University. I wanted to highlight that section of the call as Women on the Wall […]

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Oklahoma Loses NCLB Waiver Over Common Core, Indiana Rebrand Rewarded

Oklahoma Loses NCLB Waiver Over Common Core, Indiana Rebrand Rewarded

Politico reported yesterday that Oklahoma lost its ESEA (NCLB) flexibility waiver as a result of repealing Common Core.  Indiana, however, received a one-year extension. Both state repealed Common Core, but Indiana replaced theirs with a rebrand.  Oklahoma will be writing new standards and their process will be slower and more deliberate than the Hoosier effort […]

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