Stop Common Core Forum in Louisiana – 2/20/14

Stop Common Core in Louisiana FORUM   February 20, 2014       6:00pm – 9:00pm

Crossfire Auditorium,  8919 World Ministry Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Panel Guest:

Dr. James Milgram: Professor Emeritus, Stanford University ,

Dr. Sandra Stotsky: Professor of Education, University of Arkansas

  (Both Dr. Milgram and Stotsky were members of the Validation Committee for the Common Core State Standards Initiative)

Common Core’s English language arts standards won’t lead to college readiness:  Common Core’s “college readiness” standards for ELA are chiefly empty skill sets and cannot lead to even a meaningful high school diploma.

We hear no proponents or endorsers of Common Core’s standards warning this country about the effects of the college-readiness level in Common Core’s mathematics standards on postsecondary and post-baccalaureate academic and professional programs. We hear no proponents or endorsers of Common Core’s standards advising district superintendents and state education policy makers on the kind of mathematics curriculum and courses they need to make available in our secondary schools if our undergraduate engineering colleges are to enroll American students.

At this time we can only conclude that a gigantic fraud has been perpetrated on this country, in particular on parents in this country, by those developing, promoting, or endorsing Common Core’s standards. We have no illusion that the college-readiness level in ELA will be any more demanding than Common Core’s college-readiness level in mathematics.” – Sept. 2013 paper: Can This Country Survive Common Core’s College Readiness Level? by R. James Milgram and Sandra Stotsky

James Stergios: Executive Director of Pioneer Institute; highlights the numerous conflicts of interest that have riddled advocates of the Common Core.  

Jane Robbins:   Senior Fellow for American Principles Project ;  Jane discusses the Common Core Standards, looking at their origins, the federal and private interests behind their creation, and the threat they represent to parents’ and teachers’ voice in what their children are learning.

Emmett McGroarty: Executive Director of the Preserve Innocence Initiative at the American Principles Project. Emmett McGroarty speaks about the national effort to stop Common Core.

Dr. Terrence Moore: Professor of history at Hillsdale College;  “Literature is the study of human nature. If we dissect it in this meaningless way, kids not only do not become college and career ready, they don’t even have a love of learning; they don’t even have an understanding of their fellow men… The thing that bothers me more than anything else is found on page number one of the introduction. That says that Common Core is a living work. That means that the thing that you vote on today could be something different tomorrow, and five years from now it is completely unrecognizable


Common Core opponents include, as entire institutions or representatives from them, the American Principles Project, Americans for Prosperity, the Badass Teachers Association, the Brookings Institution, the Cato Institute, Class Size Matters, Eagle Forum, FreedomWorks, the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, the Goldwater Institute, the Heartland Institute, the Heritage Foundation, Hillsdale College, the Hoover Institute, Notre Dame University, the National Association of Scholars, the Pioneer Institute, Stanford University, United Opt-Out, and leaders from Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to a coalition of Catholic university scholars and teachers union darling Diane Ravitch. These organizations’ flavors range from constitutionalist to libertarian to liberal. The people making the noise are regular moms, dads, and grandparents, but they’re backed up by organizations with intellectual chops.”


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