via Hank Cochran
Event Date: August 13, 2013 6:45 PM EDT
Location: Red Clay Room, 423 Dalmation Street, Kennett Square, Pa 19438
We encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors, teachers and PTO members, for this important program featuring two engaging subject-matter experts, Whitney Neal and Dr. Peg Luksik, followed by a Question & Answer Session.
Part 1- A Rigorous Assessment
Speaker: Dr. Peg Luksik Former candidate for PA Governor and US Senate
The first part of the evening will be a presentation by nationally-known education expert Dr. Peg Luksik, who will speak about the Common Core education standards and how they will effect you and your family. She’ll cover what it is, how it came to be, why you may never have even heard of it, and why it is not a good idea for the children of Pennsylvania.
Part 2 – Making Education ‘Common’
Speaker: Whitney Neal Director of Grassroots – FreedomWorks
In the second part of the program, grassroots activist and former 8th Grade U.S. History teacher Whitney Neal, will cover how the Common Core’s ‘homogenized’ approach treats every child exactly the same, regardless of their individual needs, strengths, or career goals, and how this untested program can only result in a consistent standard of mediocrity.
Part 3 – Question & Answers
What We Can Do: As Parents, Teachers, School Board Members and Administrators
The third part of the evening will be a Question & Answer Session focused on what we can do. Especially because, to date, we parents, teachers, PTOs and PTAs, school boards, administrators, and concerned citizens have had no say in the matter.
The Federal Government effectively ‘bribed’ the State apparatus to adopt the Common Core using federal stimulus money, and they did so ‘behind the scenes’ without any significant public debate. There hasn’t been any means testing to ensure that the standards are successful in the classroom. Finally, only 1 out of 60 content experts who reviewed the Common Core were teachers, and no proof was provided that their feedback was received, or their changes reflected in the final standards.
On Tuesday, August 13, we’ll have two renowned experts available to field our questions, and help provide us with a prescription to turn the tide on this centralized approach to our children’s future.
Twitter handle for use before, during, and after the program: @CAF4PA
Doors open at 6 pm – program begins promptly at 6:45.
- Common Core: Is the Sky Falling? (dianeravitch.net)
- Why I oppose Common Core (educationviews.org)
- Common Core makes you stupid (iowntheworld.com)
- Rethinking Schools: The Trouble with Common Core (dianeravitch.net)
- The Selling of the Common Core (dianeravitch.net)