The results are in. Massachusetts students are Racing to the Middle

Common Core is doing exactly what it set out to do. By having education standards common from state to state, high performing states will lose their edge and low performing states will gain ground. Massachusetts, the highest performing state before Common Core, is fulfilling this Common Core objective. Massachusetts students are racing to the middle. Continue reading

Massachusetts parents can end Common Core

There is a 2016 Massachusetts ballot initiative to end Common Core in Massachusetts.The initiative will return us to our previous standards that made Massachusetts #1 in the U.S. & initiate an open, transparent process toEndCommonCore Graphic write revised standards.
I strongly support this initiative. Before you and I can have that vote on Common Core, we need to collect 100,000 signatures to get it on the ballot. Here is what you need to know.

Do not panic!
We are not amidst an education crisis Continue reading

Rand Paul is good enough for libertarians

I am writing this to my libertarian brothers and sisters. If you are a devoted Democrat or Republican then you should go back to the status-quo-land from which you came from. Go away. No really. Go. This is inside baseball for libertarians.

Great, now that we libertarians are alone, we need to talk. Permit me to paint the word “libertarian” with a broad stroke today. I recognize we all may subscribe to different degrees of libertarianism. We can hash that out some other time.

I really really want to love Rand Paul.Rand CPAC Continue reading

Nothing is Sacred. Massachusetts Education Data Collection

Massachusetts is sharing wide ranging, intrusive student and teacher data with the Federal Government. The people of Massachusetts need to demand that we put a stop to this. Here we will dive into the details of Massachusetts Education Data Collection. Continue reading

My letter to Massachusetts legislators on Common Core

Below is the email that I sent today to my State Rep, State Senator, DOE, BOE, and Mass Teachers Association.

You have my permission to borrow any of this in an email that you send. Find out who to email here.

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Happy Friday!

I am writing to request support for particular 2015 budget amendments. Continue reading

Common Core is not the problem. It is a symptom.

First thing first
We need to stop Common Core. State by State. This is job #1.

Onward
If you suffered through my prior blogs critical of Common Core (here and here), then you know of my strong opposition to Common Core. However, I think many people are not seeing the big picture. Continue reading

Common Core is not right for Medway

Our town of Medway, Massachusetts has finally awoken to Common Core and PARCC. I am a Medway parent of three children. I oppose Common Core and PARCC.

Last night Medway Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Judy Evans held her “Superintendent’s Chat” at the Middle School. She devoted her entire meeting (1hr) to discussing Medway school curriculum, PARCC, & Common Core. She fielded dozens of questions from dozens of concerned parents. I want to publically thank Dr. Evans and Armand Pires for dedicating their time to address our concerns.

I suspect that many parents left with many different feelings regarding PARCC and Common Core. Here are my feelings. In full disclosure, I am not an educator. I am a parent. Continue reading