Gates’ Common Core Money and Kentucky

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Kentucky was the first state to adopt the Common Core, and they did so before the final draft was even published.  I highlighted some of Lyndsey Layton’s article in the Washington Post on Bill Gates’ involvement with the Common Core earlier today on another blog.  The excerpt related to Kentucky I found fascinating and frankly […]

Gates Foundation: Don’t Count Common Core Assessments for Two Years

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The timing of a letter from the Gates Foundation is suspect with Oklahoma and South Carolina’s plan to rewrite their standards, and other states like Missouri and North Carolina waiting in the wings, as well as, the interview with Bill Gates that Washington Post published. Vicki Phillips, the Director of Education, College Ready at the […]

Gates-Funded Duo Pitches Common Core Misinformation

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Below is a guest article written submitted by Judi Caler.  Her post complements the one I wrote on Wednesday. Doing What They’re Paid To Do: Gates-funded Duo Pitches Common Core Misinformation By Judi Caler It is no surprise that the latest attempt by pro-Common Core advocates to keep Republican candidates from speaking out against Common […]

U.S. Chamber: It’s Time for the Common Core Propaganda to Begin

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released its pro-Common Core video, “It’s Time for the Common Core State Standards” to counter HSLDA’s release of their documentary on the Common Core called Building the Machine.  CCSSO, in an email to members, described this video as a “mini-documentary.”  Carissa Miller of CCSSO said that it will  “provide the […]

The Gates Money and Common Core

Mercedes Schneider has a fabulous audit of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation spending on Common Core.  In particular I want to highlight money spent on advocacy and advancing the Common Core. Let us now consider major education organizations and think tanks that have accepted Gates money for the express purpose of advancing CCSS: American […]

Oh the Common Core Will Make Us Combat Ready Too

Michigan Live published a story highlighting advocates of the Common Core saying it is important for military families and combat readiness. The first argument is for military kids who tend to move around a lot.  This is not a new phenomenon.  So why the change now? We shouldn’t make changes in our entire education system […]

Stopping Common Core is Only the Beginning

As parents have encountered Common Core in their children’s classrooms, then sought information about what it means, we’ve seen a nationwide brushfire of alarm. Parents must know Common Core did not randomly appear. I’m not talking about how it was created and advocated by the Gates Foundation, National Governors Association, and Council of Chief State […]

The Tennessean’s Inaccurate Editorial

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The editorial board at The Tennessean clucks its tongue at parents and citizens who recently showed up to protest the Common Core State Standards being implemented in their state in an editorial yesterday.  Apparently Tennessee legislators, parents and citizens are to blindly accept as fact the talking points circulated by those who advocate for the Common […]

Debunking Misconceptions: “The Common Core is State-Led”

I thought that I would start a series on common misconceptions related to the Common Core State Standards.  I don’t know how frequently I’ll come back to this series, but as these misconceptions come up or as I hear them I want to address them.  The first is one that I hear quite frequently and […]

Common Core Reversing Massachusetts’ Educational Achievements

I wanted to draw your attention to an op/ed written by James Stergios, Charles Chieppo and Jamie Gass of the Pioneer Institute entitled “The Massachusetts Exception” published at The City Journal. An excerpt: It’s common knowledge that in 1983, a federal report called A Nation at Risk indicted the “rising tide of mediocrity” in American […]