This was the first school year for the Common Core aligned testing Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). Both teachers and parents complained about the tests,[…]
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While Charles Murray has been out promoting measured civil disobedience in an effort to restore individual liberty, thousands of parents and children have been acting upon the same concept. This spring has seen an extraordinary nationwide defiance movement aimed against standardized tests, thanks to Common Core. It could be, as Murray hopes for, yet another “thin edge of a wedge that can work to wonderful effect” in service of restoring self-government.
Thousands of parents across the country and here in Illinois are concerned about Common Core standards, PARCC testing on those standards, and the accumulation and storage of their children’s personal data. Thorner, as a citizen and taxpayer living in a community in northern Illinois, is represented by Lake Forest-Lake Bluff school Districts 65, 67 and 115. All have embraced Common Core standards with enthusiasm.
In accordance with the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, there is no lawful role for the federal government in education, hence: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
It’s difficult for social conservatives or tax-cutting supply-siders not to love Mike Pence. Only such a self-proclaimed “happy warrior for conservatism” could buck his own party, become the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House, and set fundraising records while becoming the odds-on favorite to replace party darling Mitch Daniels as governor of the Hoosier State.
Common Core is appropriately named. It is indeed “common”, and not the exceptional education system its promoters promised. Digging into its core we find problems with its design, philosophy, tactics by which it was implemented, and specific ideology which is liberally peppered throughout the various subjects.
There is a growing controversy throughout America. Parents, teachers, state officials, and concerned citizens from most every state have become concerned about the new nationalized education system, known as Common Core.
“If you like your health plan, you can keep it,” is the Lie of the Year, according to PolitiFact. But Barack Obama has been operating under an even more momentous lie for his entire presidency.
[First published Oct. 3 in the Daily Caller.] Now that Mitt Romney has taken a stand for local and parental control of education and against federalized Common Core standards and[…]
There’s nothing as satisfying as letting someone else say “I told you so” – instead of having to do it yourself. So I will let Greg Forster, one of the[…]
Education Secretary Arne Duncan responded to Rep. John Kline’s demand for proof of Duncan’s legislative authority to offer waivers to No Child Left Behind provisions with a lukewarm letter ignoring[…]
In the latest issue of National Affairs, Richard Epstein writes about the dangers of “government by waiver,” rather than rule of law: People concerned for their freedom and rights are[…]
Here’s another item for our series lately about how growing federal control of education is creating a wave of discontent: A group of Obama-supporting teachers has begun to publicly request he[…]
Call me an optimist (perhaps it’s my relative youth), but America’s independent streak is widening more than ever when it comes to school reform, and that hearkens positive prospects for[…]
Here’s an interesting education tidbit from Big Sky Country: Montana’s Superintendent wrote U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan this week, “saying she would not raise the state’s target test scores to[…]
“Drop that brownie, young lady! You’re in violation of Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.” A bit of rhetorical hyperbole? Actually, that might not be too much of an exaggeration[…]