Common Core Symposium in Ottawa, IL This Friday

Debra Wenger shared this information with me via Facebook so I wanted to highlight it for our Illinois readers. A Common Core Symposium, expounding the hazards and truth about Common Core, with Joy Pullmann from The Heartland Institute, along with an Open House for Ottawa Christian Academy, will be held at Heritage Christian Center 900 […]

Cogs in the Machine: Big Data, Common Core, and National Testing

Pioneer Institute released another White Paper by Emmett McGroarty (Director of APP Education, American Principles Project), Joy Pullmann (managing editor of School Reform News and Research Fellow, Heartland Institute), and Jane Robbins (Senior Fellow, American Principles Project). Their synopsis: New technology allows advocates for education as workforce development to accomplish what has long been out […]

Over 30,000 Students Refuse New York Common Core Assessments

As of 12:05 (EDT) on April 3rd 30,458 students have opted out of the Common Core-Aligned assessments being administered this week.  You can see the spreadsheet here. Wow. There is a network of volunteers who are tracking parents reports that they had opted their children out of the assessment.  According to Joy Pullmann there are […]

Schools’ Bad Behavior Toward Parents Seeking Assessment Opt-Out

It seems that some schools are not handling parents seeking to opt their students out of assessments, in particular Common Core-aligned assessments, very well. I reported on Friday at Caffeinated Thoughts that a California mom, Katherine Duran,  was literally “suspended” from her school for 14 days after a brief conversation with her son’s principal.  She […]

Building the Machine to be Released on Monday

The Home School Legal Defense Association’s documentary on the Common Core entitled Building the Machine will be released on Monday, March 31st.  It will be released through its website – http://www.commoncoremovie.com/ where it will be free to view. Building the Machine introduces the public to the Common Core and its effects on our children’s education. […]

Brookings Institute: States Using Common Core Math Standards Show Little Progress

The Brookings Institution released a report that undermines the belief that the Common Core will better prepare students for STEM.  If that is the case and these standards are so great why are states with standards that are the most dissimilar to the Common Core have better assessment scores? The progress report proceeds along two […]

Common Core as an Election Issue

I spoke with a reporter from Education Week yesterday about the status of different pieces of legislation in different states.  While we’re not seeing repeal bills advance like we’d like to see I’m still encouraged by the number of bills and any movement forward.  Just seeing how this issue has advanced since the last legislative […]

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 […]

Why Schools Don’t Overcome the Knowledge Deficit

Joy Pullmann has an excellent article published at The Federalist.  I wanted to highlight an excerpt dealing with the knowledge deficit.  She’s writes about “Six Lies Most People Believe About U.S. Schools.”  Lie #3 is this – “Schools should teach generic skills like ‘critical thinking’ and ‘real-world application.’”  Pullman writes: So why don’t schools overcome […]