Common Core Education Series, Part 2

Vigilance Required as Schools Implement Common Core

A Pennsylvania mother attended her child’s Back to School Night this month. The parents were told that there will be a new grading system because of Common Core, and that there was nothing that they could do about it because the state had spoken.

In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. There is a great deal that parents can do about it.  Read more from Peg Luksik at Founded on Truth.

More Revisionist History

Conservatives have long been concerned about the rewriting of American history.  That concern is still well founded as we head into another school year when school districts begin to use newly purchased curriculum which build on the distortions previously told.  Of immediate concern is the revisions to AP History, taught to advanced high school students, which eliminates study of the Pilgrims, de Tocqueville, Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln among others.  How can one rightly learn U.S. History without including these and other formative people and events?  One simply cannot.

http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/u-s-history-takes-drastic-left-turn-this-fall

http://thefederalist.com/2014/06/04/why-college-board-is-revising-u-s-history

http://stopcommoncorenc.org/changes-to-ap-history-framework-jane-robbins-interview

 

 

 

Handwriting Aids Learning

At a time when penmanship is being phased out of public school and parents worry about how Common Core State Standards will diminish handwriting further comes a report that students who write their notes, rather than typing them, learn better.  Boston Globe writer Ruth Graham discussed the implications in her piece, Taking Notes?  Bring a pen, skip the computer.  In a day when faster always seems better and standardization is norm, good old-fashioned handwriting helps students retain what they’re taught.

Michele Malkin on Common Core Marketing

The foundational myth of Common Core is that it’s a “state-led” initiative with grassroots support that was crafted by local educators for the good of all of our children. But the cash and power behind the ongoing, massive ad campaign tell you all you need to know.  Get to know the Common Core marketing overlords.

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