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Losing Literacy
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Losing Literacy

Until WWII, American children learned to read by utilizing phonics. Words were not learned by memorization but rather, children learned that each letter had a corresponding sound. When put together with other sounds, a word was made. This method had proved to be extraordinarily successful since America’s founding and two centuries beyond. It was this method that allowed Benjamin Franklin to be a proficient reader before ever stepping foot into a classroom. 

10/29/2013
The Common Core Fight is On in Tennessee
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The Common Core Fight is On in Tennessee

Common Core is awfully unpopular for something that’s supposed to be so great. State after state is trying to keep academic freedom alive, and Tennessee is joining that list. Hearings have been held in the Volunteer State, and the fight is on. 

09/26/2013
Common Core Destroys School Choice
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Common Core Destroys School Choice

An important part of why many parents favor school choice is it increases the chances their kids will get into a good college. Private school students and homeschoolers regularly score higher on college entrance exams than most public school children.

09/26/2013
Governor Rick Scott Withdraws Florida from Common Core Test
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Governor Rick Scott Withdraws Florida from Common Core Test

Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott fought for children in his state and for the 10th Amendment in one fell swoop. He did this by removing Florida from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARC), the consortium creating Common Core tests, of which Florida was the fiscal agent.  Scott’s executive order began:

09/23/2013
Common Core Takes Over in LAUSD
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Common Core Takes Over in LAUSD

Last week, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) debated the funding of Common Core, deciding to delay approval on the proposed $113 million implementation budget. The board waited a week to decide, over the objections of board members who wanted the approval as rushed as the rest of Common Core has been.

09/18/2013
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
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
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

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