Leftist Salon Writer Advises Bill Gates to Drop His Common Core ‘Obsession’ and ‘Move On’

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(eagnews.org)

If Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates thought he would become the savior of public education by bankrolling Common Core, he is probably not too happy that many are viewing him as just the opposite.

EAGnews.org reports:

The newest voice in the chorus of critics is Michael Mazenko, a writer for the left-wing news site Salon.com.

In a new column, Mazenko chronicles how Gates “became the sugar daddy and primary backer of the Common Core State Standards,” a set of nationalized learning objectives designed to synchronize teaching and learning throughout U.S. classrooms.

Mazenko summarizes the Washington Post’s recent exposé of Gates’ involvement in foisting the Common Core experiment onto schools in more than 40 states, and offers this stinging indictment: “He is … a billionaire who believes his wealth and business success qualify him to set education policy.”

The writer even discusses Gates’ financial motivation for imposing uniformity onto public education:

“The underreported story about Common Core is the millions of dollars to be made in developing and selling educational materials and assessments linked to the new standards. Despite claims by Common Core advocates that standards are not curriculum, school districts are realizing they need to spend money on new materials and training to meet the new expectations of the standards, especially if schools are required to use standardized assessments to measure student growth and teacher accountability. Without doubt, the implementation of Common Core will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and the U.S. Department of Education has already given $350 million to education companies like Pearson to develop curriculum and assessments. Clearly, the Common Core has been incredibly lucrative for businesses while the benefit to students remains dubious at best.”

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Texas Guv Candidate Email: ‘We Must Crush Common Core’

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(talkingpointsmemo.com)

Texas gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Greg Abbott gained some points from Common Core opponents when he said the federal standards must be crushed earlier this week.

MySanAntonio.com reports:

Attorney General Greg Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign turned up the rhetoric against federal education standards Monday, soliciting donations with a fiery call to arms that “We must crush Common Core.”

“Help Greg Abbott ensure that President Obama’s Common Core stays OUT of the Lone Star State by making a contribution today,” said the email from campaign staffer Lynn Haueter, adding that “we can’t let the Obama Administration get its hands on Texas schools.”

Of course, the national standards crafted by governors across the country and adopted by almost all states are already not much of a threat to the Lone Star State because of the efforts of Abbott and others. Texas formally rejected Common Core in 2010 and passed a law prohibiting public schools from adopting them. Last month, Abbott confirmed that in a new ruling.

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Pearson Common Core Expert: ‘Was George Washington Any Different From Palestinian Terrorists…?’

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(eagnews.org)

Teaching students critical thinking is generally a good thing. However, when progressive liberal educators are pointing questions in a way that compares George Washington to a Palestinian terrorist, we should be concerned.

EAGnews.org reports:

“Was George Washington any different from Palestinian terrorists trying to protect their country?”

“Was Jefferson a hypocrite? Did he really think of a slave as a sub-human while writing the Declaration of Independence?”

These questions were written for use in the classroom by Grant Wiggins, a Pearson Education author, partner, and Common Core professional development trainer.

In partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers, Pearson Education provides lessons, texts, professional development, and other resources to states implementing the Common Core State Standards.

Wiggins is one of several educators and authors who provide instruction via Pearson Common Core webinars.

James Rubenstein, author of, The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography, is also employed by Pearson.

Last year, it was reported that parents in Tennessee’s Williamson County School District were calling for removal of Rubenstein’s book, a resource for Advanced Placement Human Geography courses, because of its anti-semitic content…

As explained in The Real History of Common Core: Black Helicopters…’, Common Core’s Achieve, Inc. Far From Bi-Partisan, and Carnegie Corporation: From Philanthropy to Frightening Control to Common Core, the Coalition of Essential Schools is the whole-child progressive indoctrination reform behind the Common Core State Standards Initiative

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Charter School Board President Resigns Post Over Common Core, Calls it ‘a Lousy Educational Model’

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(eagnews.org)

The board president of a well-respected Michigan charter school is resigning his post in protest over Common Core, the one-size-fits-all learning standards experiment that’s taking root in 43 states.

Brian Polet has served on Eagle Crest Charter Academy’s school board for the past 16 years, and he says the school has suffered Common Core-fueled chaos “over the past two years.”

In his resignation letter, obtained by Scathing Purple Musings, Polet notes the school board’s approach to making policy decisions has been to ask, “Is it good for our children?”

Polet has determined that Common Core and the accompanying standardized test (known as Smarter Balanced) are not.

“This copy-written, corporate-driven education model has been developed by non-teachers and edu-crats from Washington to Lansing to the detriment of students, parents, taxpayers and local school boards,” Polet writes.

He also warns that “Soviet-style” approach to education is shifting control of schools from parents and taxpayers to state and national officials.

But most “disturbing” to Polet is that the charter school will no longer be able “to guarantee the data privacy of our students.”
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Jindal Claims Obama Told Him He doesn’t Trust Governors

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(Politico)

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday that Barack Obama told him he doesn’t trust governors to protect their people.

IJReview.com quotes Jindal as saying,

“When we met with him as governors, I asked him, why don’t you give the states more influence on accrediting higher education, to bring more competition in the marketplace

“Here’s the insulting thing: In a room full of Democratic and Republican governors, basically, in so many words he said, ‘We can’t trust states. We can’t trust governors to protect their own people.’”

This is hardly a shocker. After all, the President and the feds know best about all things. That’s why they have sued the states over things like voter ID laws, immigration laws and union issues. That’s why they bypassed state legislatures as they snuck Common Core K-12 standards through the back door. That’s why they insist on imposing a school lunch menu that children refuse to eat.

Obama has a tendency to forget that our Constitution created a federalist system, where power is shared between the federal government and the states. He seems to forget the proud American tradition of local government, which works best because unique states and communities have unique needs and circumstances.

Or maybe he doesn’t forget any of that at all. Perhaps he believes that state and local governments are ridiculous entities that should step aside and let the big boys in Washington, D.C. call all the shots.

It’s just that stupid Constitution, the same document that prevents him from completely ruling by executive order and forces him to deal with that silly Congress on far too many issues.

Milwaukee Parents Petition Archbishop to Remove Common Core from Catholic Classrooms

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(NomBlog.com)

One thousand Catholic parents have signed a petition asking Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki to remove the Common Core learning standards from the Catholic schools under his supervision.

Members of “Milwaukee Catholic Parents Against Common Core” say the nationalized math and English learning standards are experimental and poorly researched, based on “secular” values, and could undermine the independence of the private religious schools.

“Many Catholic parents share the sentiments of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that the Common Core was developed for a ‘public school audience’ and is ‘of its nature incomplete as it pertains to Catholic schools,’” the parents write in a press release.

The parents are also miffed that Archbishop Listecki adopted the standards without first getting their input. Catholic schools in the Milwaukee archdiocese began using the one-size-fits-all standards – which dictate the concepts that must be taught at each grade level – last fall.

“The other four dioceses in the state have decided to not adopt the Common Core standards,” the parents note in their press release.

One of the petitioners, Abby Figi, is so troubled by Listecki’s decision that she’s pulling her three children out of Catholic school and will begin home-schooling them, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Considering that Listecki has publicly defended the Common Core standards as merely a “reference point” for the estimated 132 K-12 schools under his stewardship, it will probably take a mass student exodus to get him to change his mind.
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Progressives are politicizing Common Core math

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(eagnews.org)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As progressives tighten their grip on education through Common Core, activists are inserting politics and progressive values into the curriculum.

It’s even happening in math classes, where traditional exercises like “story problems” are worded in a way to make leftist “social justice” statements that students can’t help but notice.

WND.com reports:

A Common Core curriculum author, Jason Zimba, admits the standards don’t provide an adequate mathematics education, said the Home School Legal Defense Association.

“If you want to take calculus your freshman year in college, you will need to take more mathematics than is in the Common Core,” said Zimba.

But that’s not the worst of it, HSLDA said in a recent report by Lauren Mitchell.

Of more concern than the program’s “academic inferiority,” the report said, is the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics’ “repeated goal of promoting politically charged themes of social justice in schools nationwide.”

“This approach often challenges children to change their political opinions to match those espoused by their teachers,” the report said.

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Teacher: I helped write Common Core to combat WHITE PRIVILEGE (Video)

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(The Derryfield School)

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Here’s a defense of Common Core that we haven’t heard before: American schools need the nationalized learning standards so minority students can learn to read as well as white students.

In other words, supporting the experimental learning standards is a matter of social justice.

That view was articulated by teacher David Pook during a recent Common Core debate that occurred at a New Hampshire college, according to Examiner.com.

When Pook, who teaches history at the private and pricey Derryfield School, explained his position, it elicited laughs, groans and jeers from the audience:

“The reason why I helped write the standards and the reason why I am here today is that as a white male in society, I’ve been given a lot of privilege that I didn’t earn. … I think it’s really important that all kids have an equal opportunity to learn how to read. I think I had decided advantages as a result of who I was, not because of any (inaudible).

“And when I walk into places like Roberto Clemente High School on the west side of Chicago, I think it’s really important those kids learn how to read just as well as I had the opportunity to read. And in creating an equitable educational opportunity for all kids, I think this is actually the greatest civics lesson we could teach our kids.”

Kimberly Morin, author of the Examiner.com article, takes Pook to task for claiming to help write the Common Core standards.

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Anti-Common Core political group pours $700K into key GOP primary races in Alabama

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(kiplinger.com)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It’s appears that opposing the Common Core experiment is a winning issue for political candidates all across the nation, and nowhere is that more true than in Alabama.

AL.com reports the “Stop Common Core PAC” (or political action committee) has given $700,000 in campaign donations throughout the state since April.

The PAC – which is funding at least five Republican candidates who are running against current Republican officeholders – has proven to be a lifesaver for at least one of the recipients.

Republican George Barry’s campaign war chest was completely empty on April 1, according to AL.com.

But thanks to three recent donations from the PAC, Barry now has $117,000 on hand to campaign against incumbent state Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, a Republican who has been an outspoken supporter of the nationalized learning standards.

The Republican incumbents who are being targeted by the group claim the PAC is a front group for Democrats and the Alabama Education Association, the state’s teachers union. The PAC has received virtually all of its money from the Foundation for Limited Government, a group that does not release the names of its funders.

“Instead of ‘Stop Common Core PAC,’ it should be called ‘Stop Conservative Candidates PAC’ since it does the dirty work for cowardly liberals hiding behind its misleading name,” House Speaker Mike Hubbard told the news site.

That theory would have more credibility if the “Stop Common Core PAC” – and the Foundation for Limited Government – weren’t both being led by John Rice. Rice is a former Republican state senator and – in the words of the Alabama Political Reporter – “a conservative stalwart.”

Rice rejects the charge that the state teachers union is funding the effort, and maintains the PAC’s sole purpose is to repeal the one-size-fits-all nationalized learning standards in Alabama.

“Stop Common Core has a purpose (and) that’s to stop Common Core,” Rice told AL.com.

Alabama’s primary election will be June 3.

Authored by Ben Velderman

Dad on Fox News: ‘Everybody else will be getting this data – except the parents’

LAS VEGAS – Nevada dad John Eppolito was curious about the data his kids’ school district was collecting. He’s fully educated on Common Core, how it’s changing education and the massive amounts of personal information schools will now be collecting on students.

So he filed an Open Records request to get an answer.

Instead of the answer, he received a $10,000 bill to get the answer.

Eppolito appeared on Fox News to discuss the situation.

Authored by Kyle Olson