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Common Core Inspires Students to ...Strive for Mediocrity
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Common Core Inspires Students to ...Strive for Mediocrity

The more I learn about Common Core, the more I am reminded that the federal government fails at managing… anything. These uniform national curriculum standards are bad for students, teachers, parents, taxpayers, and really, society as a whole. The federal takeover of education needs to be immediately reversed for the sake of our future prosperity. 

09/16/2013
Testimony by Stacy Shore, Missouri
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Testimony by Stacy Shore, Missouri

BY Stacy Shore

My journey to fight Common Core started before I knew what it was. It began when our school district started a pilot of the Common Core curriculum when my son was in the 3rd grade. My curiosity became heightened when he would come home with 5 word problems, and we would work those problems together… with a standard algorithm, get the right answers, send it back to school, and have it come home with all answers counted incorrect. I would call the teacher confused why all of his problems were counted wrong even though they were right. The teacher notified me that no longer was the “right” answer the objective. Math was all of a sudden about the process, not the answer. And so my journey began.

09/16/2013
Common Core Testing Battle in California
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Common Core Testing Battle in California

In Los Angeles, there’s an unusual fight over Common Core. This fight is about testing before implementation. Although it is set to be implemented in the 2014-15 school year, a proposed bill (AB 484) was supposed to have their standardized testing align with those standards this year.

09/16/2013
Textbooks and Naughty Books in Common Core
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Textbooks and Naughty Books in Common Core

Parents should be cautious about that to which their kids are exposed, especially in an environment where parental supervision isn't present. At home, television channels can be blocked, web content can be monitored, and most parents are hopefully keeping track of what their kids are reading. However, a lot of parents don’t apply this scrutiny to textbooks being used in the local schools. When one considers what is happening with textbook standards under Common Core, it’s time for that to change.

09/12/2013
The U.S. Education System: What Went Wrong? Part II
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The U.S. Education System: What Went Wrong? Part II

Of all the educational atrocities that have come to pass since our country’s infancy, the most tragic of all occurred when we took the focus off of the individual. The Founders believed that every individual citizen, no matter their circumstance, could become whatever they wanted if they were willing to work for it

09/12/2013
Common Core vs. Autonomy: It's All About the Money
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Common Core vs. Autonomy: It's All About the Money

Here at FreedomWorks, we….well, we know that freedom works. We know that, if the federal government would leave us alone and let market forces work, the American people would flourish and thrive.  Whether it's the NSA revelations, the IRS scandal, or the imposing takeover of our health care system, Americans are seeing a grand expansion of federal control.

09/11/2013
The U.S. Education System: What Went Wrong? Part I
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The U.S. Education System: What Went Wrong? Part I

Something is seriously wrong with our education system. But before we can prescribe any cures we must understand the ailment. Our education problems are too big for sound bites. The system’s faults are too complex for mere political rhetoric.As such, I will be writing a few different blog posts to explain what exactly went wrong with our education system.

09/11/2013
New Report Shows Continued Rise in Homeschool Popularity
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New Report Shows Continued Rise in Homeschool Popularity

Educational shifts are happening all around America. A new report from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) shows that parents are looking for alternatives to state-led public education, and are shifting towards more traditional methods to educate their children.

09/10/2013
High Priced CEOs Continue Promotional Campaign For Common Core And Special Interests
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High Priced CEOs Continue Promotional Campaign For Common Core And Special Interests

In an op/ed piece in the Wall Street Journal on Friday, the CEO of Exxon Mobil, Rex Tillerson, lauded the educational standards being implemented under Common Core.

09/09/2013
New York Times Notices Strengthening Opposition To Common Core
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New York Times Notices Strengthening Opposition To Common Core

Progress. The Common Core, a set of standards for kindergarten through high school that has been ardently supported by the Obama administration and many business leaders and state legislatures, is facing growing opposition from both the right and the left even before it has been properly introduced into classrooms.

08/15/2013

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