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5 Commonsense Steps Toward Ohio’s Economic Leadership

5 Commonsense Steps Toward Ohio’s Economic Leadership

At the turn of the 20th Century, my great-great grandfather was the village blacksmith in my hometown of Cardington. He worked hard to support his family and serve our community. He, and millions like him across our state, was part of a generation of Ohioans that brought light and flight to the world, revolutionized the

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

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

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,

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

Common Core Means Common Failure for States

[Editor’s note: This article was originally published by OCR on June 3, 2013.] For years now, we have witnessed our public school systems pour incredible amounts of money into our schools only to see regressing results in quality. Now that the dangerous Common Core Curriculum has been introduced, the state of American education could grow

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

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