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Transforming Education Beyond Common Core: Crony Capitalists Promote Gaming in the Classroom

It is true: the technology can offer promising results in many applications, for example in medicine or flight simulation. But the overall thrust was that games provide advantages in “cultivating dispositions” – games for “social change,” as the name of the group and festival indicates. As for such subjects as history, one wonders: can we […]


Transforming Education beyond Common Core: Getting the Word Out About “Gaming for Social Change”

The dangers of indoctrination become clearer when one considers the fact that the games being supported by the Department of Education focus on “social change.” Most of the presentations at the four-day Games for Change event involved lessons about tolerance of the Muslim “other,” global warming, sustainability, bullying, Native American culture, nuclear disarmament, and sexuality. […]


The Slow Death of Common Core

Think about the major policy undertakings of the Obama administration over the past six and a half years. It began with a “stimulus” that wasted trillions in the quest of generating jobs, but did little to nothing in achieving that goal. That was followed by ObamaCare which most agree has been a disaster for the […]


Common Core Communism

AMERICANS: One can not be indoctrinated into something – unless the ENTIRE BELIEF SYSTEM is changed to eliminate freedom, liberty and individual ownership. To Transform means to Destroy and Change. When I taught school, I taught a class in eighth grade called Capitalism vs. Communism, where we made comparison charts, did role-playing, and had discussions […]


Transforming Education Beyond Common Core: Arne Duncan’s “Classroom of the Future”

Last month, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described his “vision for the classroom of the future” in what he hoped would be the first of many posts on the site called Bright (at, which is funded by the New Venture Fund, a non-profit that supports public interest projects in education, global issues, public health, and […]


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Supports Common Core

On April 14, 2015, I wrote a post about 2016 presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s support for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). I maintain that Clinton is a CCSS supporter, period. CSPAN has a 4 1/2- minute video clip of Clinton addressing CCSS in response to a question from a student, Diane, at Kirkwood College in Monticello, […]


Hillary Clinton Thinks Common Core “A Good Idea”

Hillary Clinton was in Iowa today, campaigning. According to The Guardian’s live blog coverage by Tom McCarthy, Hillary Clinton is sympathetic towards “the plight of Common Core.”McCarthy reports:: Clinton bemoaned the plight of Common Core educational standards, a good idea she said had been taken hostage by the political debate. Implicit in Clinton’s message is that Common […]


The Death Throes of Common Core

Americans are learning the hard way that the federal government should not be permitted to impose one-size-fits-all standards to education. It was never intended to play a role in education and the absence of any mention in the Constitution is proof enough that education was intended to be supervised by the states where the school […]


Common Core Test Refuseniks

The time for Common Core tests, devised under contract by the U.S. Department of Education by two private consortia PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) and SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium), has finally come. The tests, according to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, would be far superior to the “one-shot, year-end bubble tests” of old because they […]


Florida: Common Core 2015 Legislative Update

On March 5th, a standing room only crowd of geographically and politically diverse groups came together in the Capitol Building of the Florida State Legislature for the “March for the Children” to support changes to our system of education spelled out in SB 1496 by Senator Evers and companion bill, HB 1121, by Representative Tobia. […]


As West Virginia Threatens to Dump Common Core, Teachers Union Fights to Keep It

On February 28, 2015, the West Virginia House of Representatives voted 74-19 to repeal the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In West Virginia, CCSS is called Next Generation. As the March 1, 2015, WV State Journal reports: Under the proposed measure, the West Virginia Board of Education would undertake a comprehensive review of the standards on or before July 16, […]


School Retaliates Against Teacher for anti-Common Core Facebook Post — Federal Lawsuit Filed

Deborah Vailes has been teaching junior high in Louisiana’s Rapides Parish School District for the past twelve years.  She is passionate about helping special needs children become better readers.  Little did she know that an early morning post critical of the Common Core Curriculum on her personal Facebook page would lead to disciplinary action, suppression […]


Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush and the Albatross of Common Core

In her column, “Your Common Core Marketing Overlords,” Michelle Malkin revealed that Jeb Bush’s non-profit, Foundation for Excellence in Education, was among those saturating the airwaves with pro-Common Core commercials last spring.  The foundation, she charged, was “tied at the hip” to the federally funded testing consortium (one of two) called PARCC (Partnership for Assessment […]