Two Upcoming New York State Conference Calls

New-York-State-FlagStop Common Core in New York State is hosting two conference calls this month:

1. Tonight at 7 pm EST with Dr. Duke Pesta and Emmett McGroarty:

Topic: Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative and the Classical Catholic Education: Two Worlds at Odds With One Another.

Common Core State Standards in education have garnered a growing degree of attention from all sides of the educational policy field in the last several months. New York State was one of the first states to adopt this new set of academic standards and is right at the center of this lively debate currently going on in the school halls.

WHY did the NY Archdiocese adopt CCCII? Have YOU asked?

Common Core’s advocates say it raises the educational bar in New York. Yet, detractors have indicated that Common Core comes with a number of detrimental trade-offs especially for NY catholic school students and their families. Here are just some of the questions to think about:

  • Has the NY Archdiocese properly vetted Common Core State Standards for their students and families?
  • Catholic schools have always preached each child is different and unique priding themselves of being ahead of the curve; with CC will those same teachings and philosophies still take precedence?
  • Why are we paying extra if the education will be the same as the public school system?
  • Why is the NY Archdiocese using CC when it’s only mandated in the public schools?
  • What about the sexuality standards? How will the catholic schools handle material that has been written by Planned Parenthood?
  • NCEA (National Catholic Education Association) has not received money from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, so why did they compromise their values and beliefs?

Interested parties are invited to join this unique opportunity to listen in on a lecture that will address the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative by Dr. Duke Pesta, Academic Director of Freedom Project Education and Emmett McGroarty, Executive Director of the Preserve Innocence Initiative at the American Principles Project.

Statewide Conference Call

  • Wednesday, November 6 @ 7:00 pm (EST) to 8:30 pm (immediately following the CCCII lecture there will be a Q&A)
  • Call in Number: 530-881-1300
  • Code: 587258

Emmett McGroarty, Esq: is the Executive Director of the Preserve Innocence Initiative at the American Principles Project. Preserve Innocence works to protect parental rights and to promote government policies that protect the innocence of children and to fight those policies that drive a wedge between the parent-child relationship. It is working to stop the federal education takeover. Mr. McGroarty has provided commentary and analyses on the federal education takeover and its affronts to the underpinnings of our democratic republic. Mr. McGroarty received his bachelor’s from Georgetown University and his Juris Doctorate from Fordham School of Law.

Dr. Duke Pesta: He has been active in educational reform, and was instrumental in developing and implementing an elective Bible course that is currently available for public high school students in Texas. Dr. Pesta’s experiences as an educational reformer, university professor, high school teacher, and the administrator of an online home school curriculum uniquely qualify him to address the current state of education in our country. He speaks at educational conventions and conferences across the nation on topics including homeschooling, the problems confronting public education, and the lack of ideological diversity on university campuses. He is currently speaking in numerous venues across the country on pending Common Core legislation.

Dr. Pesta is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and the academic director of FreedomProject Education.

2. Tuesday, November 12 at 8 pm (EST) with Dr. R. James Milgram:

Dr. Milgram is a professor emeritus of mathematics at Stanford University. He served on the validation committee for the Common Core mathematics. He refused to sign off on the standards because doing so would have required him to assert that they reflected international expectations for math, but they are considerably below that level.  He was the only mathematician on the Validation Committee. His career is very extensive and very distinguished.

  • Call In Number: (530) 881-1300
  • Code: 587258

There will be a half hour lecture on Common Core Math then immediately following a Q&A.  If you would like to submit a question for Dr. Milgram please send them to