How I Spent Common Core’s 5th Birthday

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How I Spent Common Core's 5th Birthday

By A.P. Dil­lon

In North Car­olina, I’m known by many as the ‘Stop Com­mon Core lady’ and with good reason.

I’ve been fight­ing Com­mon Core every sin­gle day and have writ­ten over 1,300 arti­cles on Com­mon Core in var­i­ous places (includ­ing my per­sonal blog and here at Da Tech Guy) over the course of the last three and a half years.

I have par­tic­i­pated in the national Com­mon Core event put on by Glenn Beck and the Blaze, We Will Not Con­form. I’ve tes­ti­fied in front of the NC Leg­is­la­ture and will be giv­ing pub­lic com­ment at the upcom­ing Com­mon Core Com­mis­sion meet­ing on June 15th.

I even recently had the oppor­tu­nity to express my frus­tra­tions on Com­mon Core to Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Sen­a­tor Ted Cruz. I had him at “hello”.

As you can see, I’ve been busy.

This past week, Com­mon Core turns five. So, how did I celebrate?

I yawned and con­tin­ued doing exactly what I’ve done for years: Fight Com­mon Core.

I did man­age to say ‘Happy Birth­day’, though:

I also man­aged to gar­ner a shout out and a few links in a smartly writ­ten Com­mon Core birth­day post by Dr. Terry Stoops of the John Locke Foun­da­tion:

Judg­ing from approved meet­ing min­utes from 2009 and 2010, the dis­cus­sions ref­er­enced above appear to have involved key mem­bers of the board, N.C. Depart­ment of Pub­lic Instruc­tion staff, and then-​Gov. Bev Per­due. State edu­ca­tion offi­cials spent lit­tle time engag­ing a diverse group of stake­hold­ers or solic­it­ing input from the public.

That is not to say that there was no feed­back from par­ents, teach­ers, and con­cerned cit­i­zens. Before pub­li­ca­tion of the final ver­sion of the stan­dards, the Core​Standards​.org web­site served as a por­tal for pub­lic com­ment nationally.

Blog­ger extra­or­di­naire Lady Lib­erty obtained, pub­lished, and ana­lyzed feed­back from the site. She found that, of the 8,731 com­ments col­lected on Core​Standards​.org, only 195 came from North Car­olina.

Blog­ger extra­or­di­naire”. HEH! I sup­pose that goes hand in hand with being one of Da Tech Guy’s “Mag­nif­i­cent Seven” bloggers.

Glad to see the research and hard work I put in on expos­ing the ‘pub­lic feed­back’ see­ing some attention.

What I also hope receives more atten­tion is that the Aca­d­e­mic Stan­dards Review Com­mis­sion that is review­ing the Com­mon Core in North Car­olina will be hear­ing from the pub­lic at their upcom­ing meet­ing. Spaces are lim­ited, so par­ents should get mov­ing if they want to express their concerns.

Whether Com­mon Core turns 5 or 25, it makes no dif­fer­ence to those of us who have exposed what the stan­dards really are: A fun­da­men­tally flawed exper­i­ment, cre­ated by unqual­i­fied indi­vid­u­als and trot­ted out to the pub­lic by unelected non-​governmental orga­ni­za­tions all with the finan­cial back­ing of big business.

AP DillonA.P. Dil­lon resides in the Tri­an­gle area of North Car­olina and is the founder of LadyLib​er​ty1885​.com.
Her cur­rent and past writ­ing can also be found at IJ Review, Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.org and Watch­dog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twit­ter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

In North Carolina, I’m known by many as the ‘Stop Common Core lady’ and with good reason.

I’ve been fighting Common Core every single day and have written over 1,300 articles on Common Core in various places (including my personal blog and here at Da Tech Guy) over the course of the last three and a half years.

I have participated in the national Common Core event put on by Glenn Beck and the Blaze, We Will Not Conform. I’ve testified in front of the NC Legislature and will be giving public comment at the upcoming Common Core Commission meeting on June 15th.

I even recently had the opportunity to express my frustrations on Common Core to Presidential candidate, Senator Ted Cruz. I had him at “hello“.

As you can see, I’ve been busy.

This past week, Common Core turns five. So, how did I celebrate?

I yawned and continued doing exactly what I’ve done for years: Fight Common Core.

I did manage to say ‘Happy Birthday’, though:

 

I also managed to garner a shout out and a few links in a smartly written Common Core birthday post by Dr. Terry Stoops of the John Locke Foundation:

Judging from approved meeting minutes from 2009 and 2010, the discussions referenced above appear to have involved key members of the board, N.C. Department of Public Instruction staff, and then-Gov. Bev Perdue. State education officials spent little time engaging a diverse group of stakeholders or soliciting input from the public.

That is not to say that there was no feedback from parents, teachers, and concerned citizens. Before publication of the final version of the standards, the CoreStandards.org website served as a portal for public comment nationally.

Blogger extraordinaire Lady Liberty obtained, published, and analyzed feedback from the site. She found that, of the 8,731 comments collected on CoreStandards.org, only 195 came from North Carolina.

“Blogger extraordinaire”. HEH!  I suppose that goes hand in hand with being one of Da Tech Guy’s “Magnificent Seven” bloggers.

Glad to see the research and hard work I put in on exposing the ‘public feedback’ seeing some attention.

What I also hope receives more attention is that the Academic Standards Review Commission that is reviewing the Common Core in North Carolina will be hearing from the public at their upcoming meeting.  Spaces are limited, so parents should get moving if they want to express their concerns.

Whether Common Core turns 5 or 25, it makes no difference to those of us who have exposed what the standards really are: A fundamentally flawed experiment, created by unqualified individuals and trotted out to the public by unelected non-governmental organizations all with the financial backing of big business.

AP DillonA.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885