Karen Braun is a onservative homeschool mom of 6. Five are graduated, two are now Marines, and two daughters still at home. I write about education, family, homeschooling, and national education standards. And anything else that strikes my mind and they keys at the same time.


    Feds lame answer to student-privacy protection: “It depends”

    The US Department of Education released a report on student-data privacy. (PDF) in an attempt to answer the growing concerns about student privacy and disclosing their personal information to third-party vendors.   The report is far from reassuring.  The answer to whether Personal Identifiable Information (PII) is protected is, “it depends….there is no universal answer.” Is Student Information Used in Online Educational Services Protected by FERPA?  | Read More »

    Common Curriculum for the Common Core

    Fordham produced a series of reports after examining the districts considered to be  “early implementers” of the Common Core.  Their findings published in “Common Core in the Districts:  An Early Look at Early Implementer”  are predictable and set the stage for a call for common curricula to go with the Common Core,  the desired goal all along.  Take particular note of #3 and #4: This | Read More »

    True School Choice is a beautiful thing

    Imagine with me, if you will, that you just bought a new home. You are so excited. The rooms are spacious, the neighborhood lovely, and the surrounding community is spectacular. The area is loaded with restaurants, museums, orchestras, and cultural opportunities galore. All to entertain and educate you and your children. You wander around your new dwelling staring at boxes and dreaming of the future. | Read More »

    Oklahoma GOP passes resolution against CCSS

    The political tide on Common Core is shifting.  Politicians who refuse to listen to the concerns of parents do so at their own peril. George Will noted the shift in his recent column, Opposition to the Common Core is surging because Washington, hoping to mollify opponents, is saying, in effect: “If you like your local control of education, you can keep it. Period.” To which | Read More »

    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 »