Now there’s an App–About Common Core


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A team in Georgia has put together a smartphone app to inform people about the Common Core State Standards.  The app is available for Android, Kindle and iOS devices.  You can find more information about the app at  Here … Continue reading

Guest Column: Common core standards off mark


The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), currently being implemented in the Ellensburg School District, are an anathema. They arguably violate the constitutional-based directions that the education of our children is grounded in parental and local community control. The “20 U.S.C. … Continue reading

A Pig in a Poke

Jimmie Applegate is a retired Central Washington University professor.  He recently wrote a column for the Daily Record in Ellensburg called Common Core Standards off Mark.

Mr. Applegate very succinctly addresses some issues related to the Common Core State Standards adopted by Washington State and being implemented by school districts across the state.  Some key issues he touches on are the violation of the constitution and US Code, the funding of the development of the CCSS, and the loss of local control.

He makes the case that we have bought a “pig in a poke”.  Most people, includingIMG956017 the state, do not know what our state has bought and we really don’t know what we have given up in doing so.

I recall learning in English class that there is a difference between fact and opinion.  I also recall learning more about fact statements—fact statements can be true or they can be false.  So just because something is stated as a fact does not make it true.  You are encouraged to do your own fact checking to determine if statements you see and hear about the CCSS are true or false….  or somewhere in between.

Losing Teachers to the Common Core

As we are gearing up for the end of the school year in Washington State, this video is a great example of what Common Core will be bringing to our state. The idea of a solid education for children will be abolished and in its place will be a high-stakes outcome based education.

What do Teachers Really Think of Common Core?

An excellent letter written by a teacher in Utah and shared by Perhaps we need to talk with the teachers at our local schools and see if  this is how they really feel.