Conservative homeschool mom of 6. Four are graduated, two are now Marines, and two daughters still at home. Write about education, family, homeschooling, and national education standards. And anything that strikes my mind and they keys at the same time.


    George Will’s opinion on the Common Core (and why it matters)

    In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, George Will surveys the political landscape in opposition to Common Core and sees some “healthy aspects of today’s politics.” “The rise of opposition to the Common Core illustrates three healthy aspects of today’s politics. First, new communication skills and technologies enable energized minorities to force new topics onto the political agenda. Second, this uprising of local communities | Read More »

    Mr. Duncan how about a common core political standard?

    I hereby propose the “Mom-led” Common Core Political Standard. Every politician who is FOR the Common Core MUST adopt the voluntary “Common Core Political Standard.” After adopting the standard, the politician MUST take the computer-adaptive Smarter Constitution Assessment and demonstrate adequate yearly progress on the fundamental principles of our republic and the United States Constitution. No waivers will be granted; after all, we can have | Read More »

    An Open Letter to Arne Duncan from Your Boss

    Written in response to Secretary of Education Duncan’s thoughts regarding mothers who oppose the Common Core. Dear Secretary of Education Duncan: Thank you for apologizing for insulting “white suburban moms.” However, your apology did not go far enough.  You failed to apologize for Common Core, an insult to our entire nation. Mr. Duncan, you may control the purse strings but WE (moms of every color | Read More »

    Open Letter to Dow CFO J. Donald Sheets on Common Core

    Dear Mr. Sheets, Thank you for publicly expressing your thoughts on the Common Core in your recent article, Common Core Standards are common sense. All parents, teachers, and business leaders want children to succeed. But I believe the Common Core is NOT the avenue to success that many promise. As a successful business leader, you know that before any decision a cost/benefit analysis should be | Read More »

    It’s Time for a Common Core Political Standard

    Back in 2009,  Secretary of Education Duncan told reporters that a fundamental change for the nation’s education system is on the way.  He said the following, “I want to be able to track every child throughout their educational trajectory, so we know what they are doing. Secondly, I want to track children back to teachers, so we know the impact the teachers are having on | Read More »

    Gov. Fallin New Head of of NGA

    Because ownership and control of the Common Core Standards are in the hands of the National Governors Association (NGA), the chair of the association is notable and her impact on education is significant. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin became the chair of the NGA at their summer meeting on August 5.   Fallin announced her yearlong initiative, America Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow’s Jobs,  (PDF)  Quoting | Read More »

    Jindal’s Naive on Common Core

    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal gave a speech at a Redstate gathering on Friday where he addressed the Common Core.   He said, “We will resist any attempt … to impose a national curriculum,” But as the news story points out that “the Jindal administration has been supportive of the standards, with state Education Superintendent John White saying they will “put Louisiana’s children on an even playing | Read More »

    Duncan’s Denial on Common Core

    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan gave a speech at the American Society of News Editors Annual Convention Secretary Duncan said, “The Common Core has become a rallying cry for fringe groups that claim it is a scheme for the federal government to usurp state and local control of what students learn. An op-ed in the New York Times called the Common Core “a radical curriculum.” | Read More »

    Jeb Bush in MI Peddling Common Core

    Jeb Bush is at Mackinac Island in Michigan this week talking about education.   Michigan is in a heated battle over Common Core.  State lawmakers are considering a budget measure to defund the standards and related assessments.   The Common Core standards were adopted by the Michigan Department of Education in 2010.   The budget measure passed the Michigan House this week and is waiting a vote | Read More »

    Gov. Huckabee supports Common Core

    To the shock of conservatives and many in the homeschool movement, Mike Huckabee has voiced his support for Common Core.   “Parents and people involved in their local schools should let it be known that core standards are valuable, and they’re not something to be afraid of—they are something to embrace.” I”m not shocked at all.   I wrote a whole series of posts about Huckabee back | Read More »