Southeast TESOL Association Bans Anti-Common Core Speech

stephen krashenDr. Stephen Krashen is professor emeritus at the University of Southern California, a linguist, and an educational researcher.  Dr. Krashen has published more than 350 papers and books, contributing to the fields of second language acquisition, bilingual education, and reading.  He was scheduled to speak a the Southeast TESOL Association Meeting to be held next week in Myrtle Beach, SC.

He announced yesterday on his blog that he will not be speaking there after all:

I will not be speaking at the Southeast TESOL Association Meeting to be held in Myrtle Beach next week, because of a disagreement about my keynote topic. I learned only recently that the conference theme was supporting the common core, that it was "dedicated entirely to providing teachers with strategies for working with common core and all of the states in attendance have adopted it."

I therefore changed my topic to "The case against the common core." This was rejected by the SETESOL Executive Committee. I was told that "this topic cannot be presented to this group of attendees. "

I cannot in good conscience speak at a conference dedicated to the common core without presenting what I know about it. I offered to present on my original topic as an extra talk, but this was rejected because of lack of space and time.

Apparently Southeast TESOL Association meeting attendees can not have free thought and hear an alternative perspective on the Common Core.  No surprise here.

And Common Core advocates wonder why we think their transparency claim is a complete sham.

Photo credit: Stephen Krashen’s Facebook page

6 thoughts on “Southeast TESOL Association Bans Anti-Common Core Speech

  1. Important article. . thanks for writing it! Check out our group’s FB page: ADVOCATES EXCELLENCE (AEIE – Advocates for Excellence in Education)
    Just had a forum here last week with Sandra Stotsky, James Milgram, and Ze’ev Wurman, with a surprising turnout of over 500 people! The “battle” has just begun, however.

    1. Thanks for commenting… In the future I’ll consider comments like this as spam. Blog etiquette 101: Don’t comment on an article with the primary purpose of promoting your own _______. unless the author asks you to do so in the comments.

      1. O my goodness, Shane. Did you know I recently posted a link to a Caffeinated Thoughts post on Education Week itself, and the host blog didn’t consider it as spam?

        I wasn’t promoting my own ____ at all, of course, I was promoting an understanding of yours (which is a very different matter, believe me). Carlin is promoting ideas, and a political alliance, and that comment is an actual message (as opposed to boilerplate talking points). I disagree with him on many things also, but people should know one another. I hope you move away from the stance that other activists and groups are competitors. You can learn things you don’t already understand (lots of room there!).

        Sandra Stotsky is Pioneer Institute, by the way.

  2. So much for “critical thinking” and “Higher order thinking”…I guess those apply only if you are given the “right” things to think about by those who want to control your thoughts.

    1. The South in general and South Carolina specifically should be ashamed to allow this infringement of our Freedoms to be promoted by so called educators. They must have studied under Bill Ayers and the other Cultural Marxists in Chicago.

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