September Meeting

SVC Members and Friends,

Parents and grandparents who are interested in and concerned about the future education guidelines for their children and grandchildren need to pay attention. Common Core Standards further entrenches the federal government into what is taught in our nation’s schools at the expense of state and local control of education. You will have an opportunity to learn more about this movement to nationalize standards and testing by attending the September 9th meeting of Susquehanna Valley Conservatives.

TOPIC: No Child is Common: Resisting National Standards and Tests

PRESENTER: Lindsey M. Burke
Will Skillman Fellow at The Heritage Foundation
She researches and writes on federal and state education issues.

WHEN: Monday, September 9th at 7:00PM

WHERE: Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg
Baylor Conference Room (Lower level on west side)

AUDIENCE: The public is invited to attend free of charge. Those who have an interest in K-12 education in all schools are strongly encouraged to attend to learn about Common Core Standards.


TALKING POINTS OF LINDSEY BURKE

Title of presentation—– No Child is Common: Resisting National Standards and Tests

The paramount concern with Common Core is that it further entrenches the federal government into what is taught in our nation’s schools. We’ve seen creeping federal intervention into education for the past four decades, and such intervention is a zero-sum game: every inch the federal government takes comes at the expense of state and local control of education.

In general, the mathematics standards are poorly sequenced, lack organization, don’t use standard algorithms, and are not internationally benchmarked.

Unfortunately, there aren’t just mathematics shortcomings. Literacy experts point out that The Common Core denigrates the value of teaching literature in the classroom. Teachers are being told that ultimately, 50 percent of their course material must be delivered from “informational texts.”

University of Arkansas Professor Jay Greene, in testimony before the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee in 2011, warned: “Once we set national standards, curriculum, and assessments, they are nearly impossible to change. If we discover a mistake, or wish to try a new or possibly better approach, we can’t switch. We are stuck with whatever national choices we make for a long time. And if we make a mistake we will impose it on the entire country.”

The movement to nationalize standards and testing – and ultimately curricula – is a challenge to educational freedom in America and is costly in terms of liberty, not to mention dollars. State leaders who want to restore educational freedom, should reject this latest overreach, and abandon the Common Core national standards push.


PROFILE OF LINDSEY M. BURKE

Lindsey M. Burke researches and writes on federal and state issues as the Will Skillman fellow in education policy at The Heritage Foundation. Burke focuses on two critical areas of education policy: reducing the federal role in education and empowering families with school choice.

Her work and commentary have been cited or appeared in national magazines such as The Atlantic, Time and Newsweek; newspapers such as The Boston Herald, The Star-Ledger, The Washington Examiner and The Washington Times; and digital venues such as the Daily Caller and National Review Online.

Ms. Burke, who has spoken on education reform issues across the country and internationally, also has appeared on CNN and Fox News Channel as well as numerous national or regional radio and television programs.

Lindsey Burke holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, and a master of teaching degree in foreign language education from the University of Virginia. Before joining The Heritage Foundation in 2008 as a research assistant, she taught high school French.

She and her husband, Brian, currently reside in Alexandria, Virginia.

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