How Math is Currently Being Taught in Iowa Schools

I wanted to share an example of a parent “cheat sheet” that teaches parents how to help their elementary-aged student how to do math using the techniques encouraged by the Common Core Math Standards.  This particular example comes from an elementary school in the Metro Atlanta area.  This is for a 1st or 2nd grade […]

Ways to Fight the Common Core in Iowa

I received an email from a concerned parent in the Glenwood School District.  I am sharing it with her permission, her name is removed to protect privacy: I am a mother of four children in Glenwood, IA.  My school district has adopted the Common Core this year and I am wholly dismayed by what I […]

A Parent Opt-Out Form for Common Core State Standards

Truth in American Education provided a Common Core State Standards Parental Opt-Out form to empower parents to object to the implementation of the Common Core in their child’s school.  You can read and download below: CCSS Parent Opt-Out Form

Iowa Is Not Among States Fighting for Educational Liberty and State Sovereignty

Truth in American Education just posted over the weekend a map that lists all of the states that are fighting for retaining constitutionally guaranteed liberty and state sovereignty.  I am disappointed that Iowa is not yet one of the states fighting back against the Common Core State Standards. I would love to see a bill […]

Great Video: The School Reform Landscape

I just saw an excellent video that I wanted to share with you.  It features Christopher Tienken who is an assistant professor of education administration at Seton Hall University.  He speaks out against the standardization of knowledge and gives a clear call for us to return to local control. He makes, I believe, a compelling […]

The Difference Between the Iowa Core and the Common Core

A question that is asked a lot with parents, citizens and even legislators in Iowa. What is the difference between the Common Core and the Iowa Core?

A Middle School Teacher Changes His Mind on the Common Core

This is from a teacher in Indiana, Kris Nielsen, who was an avid supporter of the Common Core State Standards, he did a presentation on the Common Core for parents to ease their concerns.  Now he apologizes for that and says they should be concerned: First, I want to offer you my apologies.  It wasn’t […]

Teacher Quits Over One-Size-Fits-All Curriculum

A Providence Public Schools 2nd grade teacher, Stephen Rounds, decided to quit due to a one-size-fits-all curriculum and system whose goal was to create good test takers rather than life-long learners.

Home School Legal Defense Association Weighs In on Common Core

I’m am very pleased to see the Home School Legal Defense Association weigh in on the Common Core State Standards.  Will Estrada, their federal relations point person writes on HSLDA’s website: The CCSS specifically do not apply to private or homeschools, unless they receive government dollars (online charter school programs have no such protection). However, […]

Nine Common Core Myths vs. Facts

There are nine common myths that are pushed about the Common Core State Standards Here are nine facts that you should know when discussing the Common Core.