Notre Dame Common Core Conference Video

The American Principles Project (APP), the Heartland Institute and Pioneer Institute, co-hosted a one-day conference at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, Monday, September 9, 2013 to discuss the destructive implications of the Common Core Standards and the future of the education of America’s youth.

More than 200 people were in attendance at the sold out conference. Among the states represented were California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia; most of which have strong grassroot movements fighting against the Common Core.

Leading experts addressed the conference on the changing landscape of the American education system and the implications of the Common Core Standards. Concerned citizens, many of whom are parents, joined in the discussion by sharing their experiences and concerns.

Below is a playlist of all of the videos from the conference.  Videos include (in the order of the playlist):

  • ND Common Core Conference Highlights
  • Sean Fieler – The Purpose of Education
  • Dr. Gerard V. Bradley – Opening Comments on Common Core
  • Emmett McGroarty – Common Core Restricts States Rights
  • Dr. Patrick Deneen – Education and America’s Founding Principles
  • Dr. Williamson Evers – Federal Role in Education
  • Jamie Gass – Common Core and School Choice
  • Jane Robbins – Common Core and Data Collection
  • Joy Pullmann – Federal Intrusion in the Classroom
  • Dr. James Milgram – Common Core Effect on Higher Education
  • Dr. James Milgram – Common Core Effect on Math Education
  • Dr. Megan Koschnick – Common Core is Developmentally Inappropriate
  • Dr. Sandra Stotsky – the Invalid Process of Common Core Development
  • Dr. Sandra Stotsky – Common Core English Language Arts Standards
  • Dr. Terrance Moore – Common Core and the Destruction of Literature
  • Ze’ev Wurman – Inadequate Research Base of Common Core
  • Heather Crossin – Parent Reaction to Common Core
  • Erin Tuttle – Parent Reaction to Common Core
  • William Estrada – Common Core and Private/Homeschools
  • Dr. Andrew Kern – Why Literature is Essential in Education
  • Dr. Keith Oatley – the Importance of Reading



      • Elin Hansen says

        What are you inclined to believe? From your point of view (and I’m interested in it) what might be the differences and will they each hurt public education similarly, or differently?

        • says

          I just don’t believe the intent was to ruin public education in order to promote school choice. I don’t try to ascribe motivations to those who advocate Common Core. I also see this having a negative impact on private schools… Frankly it disrupts school choice when charter schools are private schools are forced to adopt the same standards.

          • Elin Hansen says

            I think they have to adapt the same standards for different reasons, but not all do. Some private schools because they want to attract parents who believe test scores are valuable, and charter schools who want public money.
            When charter schools take money from public schools, public schools are not able to pay their bills, but charter schools augment their public school funding with donations from private and wealthy sources, those whose aim is as Michigan’s Electablog reports: “This is no accident. It’s a plan that’s been in place by those who wish to diminish the ability of teachers to bargain collectively for wages, benefits, and working conditions and to redirect tax dollars earmarked for educating our children into the coffers of for-profit charter school companies.”.

  1. Michaelene Larsen says

    I just came across this website and listened to the videos provided of the Notre Dame conference. Are there transcripts available for any or all of the speeches?