Well-connected vendors are standing by to profit from the new curricula, tests, hardware, and software that Georgia taxpayers will have to pay to be "Common Core compliant."
Will Senator Millar read today's Townhall column, "Bill Ayers: Bringing Down America, Destroying Education?" Doubtful.
My book is intended to educate and inform. But after its publication we learn about another appearance by Bill Ayers, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Common Core test deviser Linda Darling-Hammon at the AERA conference (April 27-May 1); that's the American Educational Research Association. This year's focus was "Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy, and Praxis."
Founded in 1916, AERA "is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results."
The website lists "more than 25,000 members," who are "faculty, researchers, graduate students, and other distinguished professionals with rich and diverse expertise in education research." These professionals "work in a range of settings from universities and other academic institutions to research institutes, federal and state agencies, school systems, testing companies, and nonprofit organizations. Based on their research, they produce and disseminate knowledge, refine methods and measures, and stimulate translation and practical application of research results."
Although the organization is based in Washington, D.C., the website claims to be international "in scope," with 5% of its members from outside the U.S.
Arne Duncan bragged about his keynote address at AERA in his mailing from the Dept. of Education, but failed to mention that his sidekicks, Ayers and Darling-Hammond, were probably in the audience, if not right then but at the conference itself.
Matthew Vadum writes, "A young speechwriter may be responsible for concocting the official lies about last September's deadly terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya." ("Obama's Benghazi Propagandist") The speechwriter Ben Rhodes's qualifications for being Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting" are a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing!In Front Page Magazine,
Rhodes also is credited with writing Obama's Cairo speech, in which fiction was substituted for historical fact, something historian Brian Birdnow and I analyzed in the first Dissident Prof title, a guidebook for students who are assigned this speech in composition classes. Vadum quotes from the book, 'A New Beginning, Or a Revised Past? Barack Obama's Cairo Speech, to illustrate the creative license with history that Obama shamefully displayed and that is now being taught to students. The politically well-connected creative writer, Rhodes, Vadum points out, also had Obama's ear on Libya and managed to convince him to reverse the U.S. decades old policy of supporting Mubarak. Dissident Prof, the English teacher, notes the irony. Sadly, the Keystone Cops quality of those in the White House is leading to limitless tragedies. Vadum continues to skillfully demolish the narrative about an "intellectual" and "eloquent" president.
Speaking of terrorism, we turn now to the apologists in the academy.
Posted May 3, 2013, by Mary Grabar: The history professor "too conservative" for Kennesaw State University, Dr. Timothy Furnish, addresses the Madison Forum breakfast meeting on March 27, 2013. (Be patient with the video; it's dark only at the beginning.) The second part of his talk, "Jihad: An Enemy Both Foreign and Domestic," is here. As you may recall, Dr. Furnish participated in the April 1 panel discussion, "Intellectual Bias: Do Colleges Discriminate Against Conservatives?" at Kennesaw State University.
here.Posted by Mary Grabar, April 30, 2013: Exiled: Stories from Conservative and Moderate Professors Who Have Been Ridiculed, Ostracized, Marginalized, Demonized, and Frozen Out is now on Kindle! Buy it
Exiled contributor Malcolm Allen ("The Most Sacred Part of Them: Professors Behaving Badly") spoke recently at the Fox Valley Conservative Forum. He is pictured to the left, with the John Deere sign serving as a nice backdrop. Dissident Prof is heartened to hear about these forums, here in Georgia and in Wisconsin too! There still is a remnant in our population interested in issues beyond pop culture (and race, class, and gender)!
His talk is titled, "The Plight of Conservatives in Liberal Academia," and his dispatch is here:
- Exiled Review & LA Conference May 6, Schools for Subversion
- Kennesaw State Panel Videos
- Common Core: Leftist Historians Profit
- Common Core Teaching: Demonstrating a Crucifixion
- Kennesaw State Panel Discussion: Discrimination Against Conservatives
- Sparky the Cat, Shakespeare, and T.S. Eliot
- National Association of Scholars and the Maze of Higher Ed
- Academic Discrimination Denial: Neil Gross & Co.
- Bill Ayers in Retirement
- Fighting Common Core, We the People
- Black History Month Contraries
- Mary's Contraries, January 25, 2013
- An Online Apocalypse for Higher Ed?
- Mary's Contraries, January 3, 2013