This is a reposting of my weekly Da Tech Guy column:
By A.P. Dillon
In North Carolina, I’m known by many as the ‘Stop Common Core lady’ and with good reason.
I’ve been fighting Common Core every single day and have written over 1,300 articles on Common Core in various places (including my personal blog and here at Da Tech Guy) over the course of the last three and a half years.
I have participated in the national Common Core event put on by Glenn Beck and the Blaze, We Will Not Conform. I’ve testified in front of the NC Legislature and will be giving public comment at the upcoming Common Core Commission meeting on June 15th.
I even recently had the opportunity to express my frustrations on Common Core to Presidential candidate, Senator Ted Cruz. I had him at “hello“.
As you can see, I’ve been busy.
This past week, Common Core turns five. So, how did I celebrate?
I yawned and continued doing exactly what I’ve done for years: Fight Common Core.
I did manage to say ‘Happy Birthday’, though:
Happy Birthday Common Crap! States, politicians and parents are running from CC like a Sam Raimi Horror Film. http://t.co/gRjrUWTrZT
— A.P. Dillon – LL1885 (@LadyLiberty1885) June 7, 2015
I also managed to garner a shout out and a few links in a smartly written Common Core birthday post by Dr. Terry Stoops of the John Locke Foundation:
Judging from approved meeting minutes from 2009 and 2010, the discussions referenced above appear to have involved key members of the board, N.C. Department of Public Instruction staff, and then-Gov. Bev Perdue. State education officials spent little time engaging a diverse group of stakeholders or soliciting input from the public.
That is not to say that there was no feedback from parents, teachers, and concerned citizens. Before publication of the final version of the standards, the CoreStandards.org website served as a portal for public comment nationally.
Blogger extraordinaire Lady Liberty obtained, published, and analyzed feedback from the site. She found that, of the 8,731 comments collected on CoreStandards.org, only 195 came from North Carolina.
“Blogger extraordinaire”. HEH! I suppose that goes hand in hand with being one of Da Tech Guy’s “Magnificent Seven” bloggers.
Glad to see the research and hard work I put in on exposing the ‘public feedback’ seeing some attention.
What I also hope receives more attention is that the Academic Standards Review Commission that is reviewing the Common Core in North Carolina will be hearing from the public at their upcoming meeting. Spaces are limited, so parents should get moving if they want to express their concerns.
Whether Common Core turns 5 or 25, it makes no difference to those of us who have exposed what the standards really are: A fundamentally flawed experiment, created by unqualified individuals and trotted out to the public by unelected non-governmental organizations all with the financial backing of big business.
A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885