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Common Core: Slingshot to Progress or Spider Web? Part 5 of 5 [What slingshot? More spiders here than at the old Munsters’ house]

Common Core: Slingshot to Progress or Spider Web? Part 5 of 5 [What slingshot? More spiders here than at the old Munsters’ house]

This final article of the series should eliminate the few remaining undecideds on this issue.  It will address the areas of parental rights, privacy, constitutionality and subsidiarity.1 [Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 on OCR] Parental  Rights  Regarding  Education,  What  Rights? The flawed educational movements leading up to Common Core have

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Common Core: Slingshot to Progress or Spider Web? Part 4 of 5 [The probability of a national curriculum and a not-so-hidden agenda]

The first three segments of this series covered the initial philosophy and strategies of the Common Core project, the actual writing of the standards with comparisons to existing standards, the true level of involvement of the states and teachers in the process, and the arbitrary rush to get the standards approved. [Read Part 1, Part

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Common Core: Slingshot to Progress or Spider Web? Part 3 of 5 [Benchmarking, Involvement of the States and Teachers, Push to Gain Adoption by the States]

The two previous segments dealt with the founding strategy of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) process, followed by how and by whom it was developed and then an assessment of the Common Core standards by the Committee and those opposed.  This article in the series will review conflicting claims as to who actually created

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Common Core: Slingshot to Progress or Spider Web? Part 2 of 5 [Creation of the Standards and Comparison with those of the States]

Part 1 described the philosophy and strategy  used in the formation of the Common Core objectives (Common Core State Standards, or CCSS).  On the surface, they were a logical way to improve U.S. schools which have lost ground against the rest of the “developed” world. [Link to Part 1: “Philosophies and Strategies Behind the Standards”]

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Common Core: Slingshot to Progress or Spider Web? Part 1 of 5 [Philosophy and Strategies Behind the Standards]

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) resulted from a delayed awakening that the U.S. public educational system has been on a downhill slide for decades.  A root cause of some of this decline has come from a decrease in reading complexity for texts throughout the K-12 years despite the reverse trend in the world as

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College Costs Soaring Due to America’s Education-Industrial Complex

The cost of education remains a major obstacle for many Americans. To compound the problem, many college graduates eager to start working end up unemployed. And being in debt and unemployed is no way to start adult life. [RELATED on OCR: “ObamaCare Deals Brutal Blow to Ohio’s Youth”] Besides the economy, which cycles over time,

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Common Core Repeal Bill ‘Sub HB 597’ a Campaign Tool, Unlike Legitimate HB 237

In August of 2013, Rep. Thompson (R-Marietta) introduced House Bill 237 to repeal Common Core (CC) in Ohio. The bill never budged. In an attempt to give the bill some traction, Rep. John Adams (R-Sidney) introduced a discharge petition. The bill still didn’t budge. [RELATED on OCR: “Why I Proposed H.B. 237 to Repeal Common

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Confrontational Politics and the Common Core

[Editor’s note: This article was originally published by OCR on July 26, 2013.] When my wife and I started homeschooling in 1986, it was mainly because we knew the condition of the public schools–and the agenda of a socialistic bureaucracy that steered it through the National Education Association and its state affiliates. So imagine our

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Why I Proposed H.B. 237 to Repeal Common Core in Ohio

[Editor’s note: This article was originally published by OCR on August 6, 2013.] In 2009, when asked about specifics pertaining to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi famously stated that the bill would need to be passed in order to find out what was

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ObamaCare Deals a Brutal Blow to Ohio’s Youth

For too many of Ohio’s college students, their first taste of “the real world” is coming courtesy of the negative impacts caused by ObamaCare.  Unfortunately for these young people, the taste will be bitter as they come face-to-face with the reality that ObamaCare is becoming the cause rather than the cure for many of their

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