Is this week the beginning of the end for Common Core? (Yahoo News: The Daily Caller)


Three states – Iowa, Florida and Arizona – have rebranded the Common Core Standards Initiative with different names in clever attempts to bamboozle critics of the standards. (RELATED: Common Core proponents try to save flailing standards using this one weird trick)

On Monday, Indiana skipped this desperate marketing ploy and simply ditched Common Core altogether, reports The Indianapolis Star.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence affixed his signature to Senate Bill 91, a law ordering public K-12 schools across The Hoosier State to stop using the controversial education standards.

Indiana is the first state to opt out of Common Core.

“I believe our students are best served when decisions about education are made at the state and local level,” Pence said in a statement.

My Comment: Yes, Governor Pence I agree. Most things are better off left to the state and local levels.

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Texas teen gives police officer parking ticket (This story irks me)

I’m sorry, but this story just irks me. Surely you’ve read it by now. A police officer parks in a fire lane and a teenager leaves him a “ticket” with a fine of $10.

True: police are not above the law and should respect parking regulations when not involved in an emergency.

True: we should teach our children to obey the established rules and regulations of their environment, community etc.

What irks me is the girl’s lack of respect, both for the policeman and the fact he is an adult. If it were an unmarked or citizen’s car would she have left the ticket? I wonder.

We see more and more of this every day; children and teenagers disrespecting adults, smart-mouthing etc.  It won’t get any better, of course, especially since the police officer REWARDED her disrespectful behavior. I don’t care if she thought she was being cute. It isn’t cute; not to me, or anyone raised to respect adults and keep your mouth shut (except in cases of abuse of course, duh). Am I overreacting?

West, Russia signal line drawn in Ukraine crisis (Yahoo News: Reuters)–sector.html

By Jeff Mason and Katya Golubkova

THE HAGUE/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia and the West drew a tentative line under the Ukraine crisis on Tuesday after U.S. President Barack Obama and his allies agreed to hold off on more damaging economic sanctions unless Moscow goes beyond the seizure of Crimea.

Describing Russia as a “regional power” and not the biggest national security threat to the United States, Obama said Russian forces would not be removed militarily from Crimea, but the annexation of the Black Sea region was not a “done deal” because the international community would not recognize it. Continue to Source–sector.html

Teacher resigns after 25 years because of a new ‘disturbing era’ in public schools (The Blaze)

A remarkable story on TheBlaze this morning demonstrates just how out-of-control the American education has become. Susan Sluyter has been a teacher in Cambridge Public School District in Massachusetts for more than two decades, and one can imagine that she’s seen her fair share of change over the years. But the more recent shift in education requirements was so dramatic, Sluyter made the decision to resign last month. She outlined her concerns in letter that has since been made public.

“In this disturbing era of testing and data collection in the public schools, I have seen my career transformed into a job that no longer fits my understanding of how children learn and what a teacher ought to do in the classroom to build a healthy, safe, developmentally appropriate environment for learning for each of our children,” Sluyter wrote in February her resignation letter. Continue article