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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]

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

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”]

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

How Speaker Boehner Can Overcome Low Ratings and an Anti-Incumbent Mood

Losses in popularity are common for those in the political spotlight.  It starts after the end of the “honeymoon” period and can be an ever-present annoyance throughout a leader’s years in authority.  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio 8th district) is dealing with a slide that has previously been experienced by staunch adversaries like Senate Majority Leader

Why the GOP Can’t Wait Until 2016 to Act, Part 2

Why  “Now”  and   Not  2016 Whether or not the thought pleases us, we are already on the road to the next presidential election.  Without a strong Republican showing in this year’s midterm election, we cannot realistically expect to slow the train of destruction that accelerated on that bleak November 6, 2012 when President Obama

Why the GOP Can’t Wait Until 2016 to Act, Part 1

One of the benefits of becoming older is gaining a broader view of time and events.  We may not know who said “history doesn’t repeat, it rhymes,”[1] but we will have lived through many firsthand experiences which prove the value of knowing history. In most cases, this knowledge can be reassuring.  “This too shall pass”

“Entitlements” vs. “Unearned Outlays” and Their Impact on the Federal Budget

The word “entitlement” has undergone an unfortunate series of mutations in the last forty years.  Prior to that, its focus in federal budget issues was on what was directly related to basic human rights. During the Nixon years, the accelerated rise in the payments made by Social Security, Medicare and other programs made “entitlement” an

We Need a Balanced Budget, But NOT a Balanced Budget Amendment

With another budget deadline looming, the Democrats continue to be opposed to the idea that to cut spending is crucial in tackling our nation’s $17+ trillion deficit.[1]  They’re wishing that the economy will grow in a time when most of the big impact laws emanating from their Senate majority can only do the opposite.  Of

The Bryan Williams Radio Hour 11-24-2013

Featured Columnists Tony Rubio and Paula Westwood join Bryan Williams to discuss their latest articles on school vouchers and human cloning, respectively. See: Tony Rubio– Ohio’s Education Vouchers, Part 1: Why They Exist and Whether They Should AND Ohio’s Education Vouchers, Part II: State by State – Is There a Better Way? Paula Westwood— “Dabbling

Ohio Education Vouchers, Part II: State by State – Is There a Better Way?

[Editor’s note: Part 1, “Why Vouchers Exist, and Whether They Should” describes the events leading up to the creation of school vouchers in Ohio, along with reasons which countered objections to their implementation. Part 2 looks at expanding the vouchers concept, which is yielding impressive results in New Orleans with the help of the state

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