For stressed out comp teachersFor stressed out comp teachersBy Mary Grabar, Posted April 1, 2014: Sadly, what's going on in education is not a joke.  Here in Georgia, we're recovering from a nasty session at the Capitol where all kinds of tricks were used to defeat legislation to withdraw Georgia from Common Core and to protect student privacy.  The first of my reporting appeared in PJ Media, "The 'Show' of Support for Common Core in Georgia."  It was picked up in Stop Common Core, North Carolina, where they are experiencing similar strategies.  It earned a mention in the Morning Reads at the pro-Common Core website, Peach Pundit.

At the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, I discuss how Common Core redistributes grades.  The article was posted also at the Locker Room blog of the John Locke Foundation.

My article on food studies (yes, Virginia, there is such a thing) was published at the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Reform, and mentioned at the National Association of Scholars blog, Capitalism Magazine, then Family Security Matters, and by Daniel Greenfield.

A review by Bruce Bawer of Exiled appears in the current issue of Academic Questions.  A subscription to the journal comes with a membership to the National Association of Scholars...well worth the price!

Enough about me!

 

Read more: No April Fool's

Looking up to the feds for direction?Looking up to the feds for direction?The Dissident Prof has been working hard and this week three of her articles have been published.  They’re all on education and all deal with various aspects of Common Core.

Thanks to the great public outcry, more and more politicians are shying away from Common Core.  It’s as if the name became toxic.  Even the president sidestepped the label in his State of the Union Address, referring to the “Race to the Top,” the contest for stimulus funds by which the federal standards were slipped in.  I tell you what all the nice-sounding phrases about education really mean in my FrontPage article, “The State of the Dis-Union: Preparing World Citizens."

(Beware: name-changing is a way to fool the people.)

At the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, I describe how Common Core is going to make things worse for the humanities in our colleges and universities, particularly in English departments.  That's why those concerned with higher education also need to fight Common Core.  Read “Too Late to Save English Departments?"

 

Read more: Common Core: State of Union, College English, Parental Engagement

William Ligon and Jane RobbinsWilliam Ligon and Jane RobbinsPosted January 17, 2014, by Mary Grabar:

More than 120 people drove through heavy rain to hear the panel discussion “Confronting the Common Core” in Gainesville, Georgia, on January 13.  The event was sponsored by Concerned Women for America and American Principles in Action, and featured Jane Robbins, Senior Fellow at the American Principles Project; Dr. Terrence O. Moore, History Professor, Hillsdale College; and William Ligon, Georgia State Senator, Third District.

 

Jane Robbins: “The progressive’s dream is to know everything about every child so they can determine his future.”

Common Core is “outcome-based education, round two.”  Outcome-based education was the fad of evaluating students based on their attitudes and dispositions rather than knowledge.

 

Read more: Confronting the Common Core: Highlights

Front Page NewsFront Page NewsPosted January 9, 2014, by Mary Grabar: Alexis de Tocqueville wrote about the dangers of confusing equal rights with equal outcomes.  Our system of justice is based on the rights of the individual.  We believe in rewarding individual merit, in school and on the job.  But the U.S. Department of Education is intent on guaranteeing equality of outcomes and is pulling the race card.

First, came the comment by Arne Duncan in November about the "white suburban moms" being upset that Common Core "standards" were revealing that their kids weren't as "brilliant" as they thought they were.  I don't think too many people have noticed (or maybe haven't wanted to say), but a large part of the new crazy Common Core  standards concerns equalizing academic outcomes. 

 

Read more: Common Core, Discipline, Equality of Outcome, the Heavy Hand of Ed

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