A recently released book on Common Core has been received with acclaimed by Common Core critics across the political spectrum. The book is a compilation of ideologically diverse analyses from some of the top education activists and experts in the country. In one single volume, all of the issues arising from Common Core have been assembled, illuminating and making crystal clear its agenda. The name of the book is Common Ground On Common Core: Voices From Across The Political Spectrum and is authored by a diverse group of individuals, including an engineer, a social worker, a local school board member, an education blogger, mothers, attorneys and academics. Consisting of eighteen essays, each essay highlights one particular aspect of Common Core. One of the more interesting and encouraging aspects of the book is the acknowledgment that effective dialogue and cooperation can be achieved, in regard to Common Core, across political lines. It is not only possible, but also necessary in order to defeat Common Core.
Edited by Kirsten Lombard, the publishing of the book has been officially announced by Resounding Books and has been put together in such a way as to spur readers of any political ideology to action. It features the basic anti-Common Core arguments that may have been missed by those who don’t tend to read right-leaning news content–but who may have some reservations in regard to Common Core. And from there, each of the major issues associated with Common Core is analyzed. Below is the Table of Contents:
Section 1. A Pre-planned “Solution”: Shafting the Public
COMMON CORE: A SILENT REVOLUTION IN EDUCATION POLICY
Shane Vander Hart
Section 2. A “Manufactured Crisis”: Manipulating the Public
CHALLENGING CORE ASSUMPTIONS: WHAT DOES U.S. PERFORMANCE ON INTERNATIONAL ASSESSMENTS REALLY TELL US?
Christopher H. Tienken
Section 3. An Academic Fraud: Pretending at Rigor
AN INVALID VALIDATION OF THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS
HOW DID CHARLATANS EVER GET TO DESIGN NATIONAL ENGLISH STANDARDS, AND WHY WOULD WE RESPECT THEM?
THE COMMON CORE MATHEMATICS STANDARDS
R. James Milgram and Ze’ev Wurman
Section 4. An Educational Boondoggle: Standardizing Education
LEARNING WITH LEVIATHAN: OBJECTIFICATION, SURVEILLANCE, AND CONTROL IN A CONCEALED COMMAND ECONOMY
Jeffrey D. Horn
MARCHING TO THE BEAT OF A DIFFERENT DRUM: HOME SCHOOL SUCCESS VERSUS STANDARDIZATION AND THE COMMON CORE
William A. Estrada
COMMON CORE AND AMERICA’S PEOPLE OF COLOR
Section 5. A Data Bonanza: Exploiting Child and Family Privacy
COMMON CORE AND THE THREAT TO STUDENT PRIVACY
Section 6. A Career Squelcher: Undermining the Craft of Teaching
TEACHING THE COMMON CORE IS NOT TEACHING
Section 7. A Learning Killer: Stunting Students
IMPRESSIONABLE MINDS UNDER PRESSURE
COMMON CORE HITS HOME
CONSTRUCTING DISASTER: COMMON CORE, CONSTRUCTIVISM, HIGH-STAKES TESTING, AND CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES
Section 8. A Family Destroyer: Undermining Parental Rights
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL
Section 9. The Way Out: Saying No to False Reform
THE SLIPPERY SLOPE OF EDUCATION REFORM: CONFUSION, COMPLEXITIES, AND CONCERNS
JUST SAY NO: CUTTING THE CORE
NAYSAYING, EMPTY PROMISES, AND TALKING TO YOUR NEIGHBOR
Jed Hopkins and Tim Slekar
Marsha Familaro Enright
The book provides a detailed history of Common Core’s beginnings, the standards and accountability movement and how states began the development of state standards in order to outline what students needed to learn at each grade level. States also began the implementation of assessments designed to measure whether or not students were meeting the standards. The book also delves into Achieve, Inc and the founding of the bipartisan organization. In 1996 the National Governors Association (NGA) and a group of business leaders founded Achieve, Inc. for the purposes of raising academic standards and graduation requirements, improving assessments and bolstering accountability in all 50 states.
Click here to view the list of contributing authors.
Kirsten Lombard, the book’s editor, was born and raised in Wisconsin. For the past five years she has been a grassroots organizer based in Madison, with a focus on state policy—specifically, civil liberties. In 2013, Lombard founded Resounding Books, which is the publisher of Common Ground on Common Core. In addition to being a publishing company it’s also a political action committee.
Lombard serves as both editor-in-chief and treasurer and has successfully worked to secure each of the essays in the book royalty-free so that a percentage of profits from the sale of the book can be funneled towards state-and local activism projects designed to combat Common Core.
Kirsten holds a special committee Ph.D. in Historic Environmental Design: Interior and Landscape, earned from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. She received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 1988.
For the past seven years, she has worked at an I.T. Solutions provider, in the marketing department, but now works full time on Resounding Books, its publishing projects and activism initiatives.
What are people saying about the book? George Latimer, a state senator in New York (D-District 37, Rye, NY) says:
“Lombard has laid a thoughtful presentation of why we must have a slow, deliberate government that always asks who will benefit when we implement any new programs but especially in education.”
Dr. Gary Thompson, author of Cracking The Da Vinci Code of Cognitive Assessment of African-American School-Aged Children and Director of Clinical Training, Early Life Child Psychology & Education Center opines:
“A brilliant, diverse compilation of essays, which forever will put to rest the notion that Common Core critics emanate exclusively from the Right Wing.”
And, Nicholas Tampio, Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University states:
“Parents, are you fighting the Common Core? Do you need ideas, facts, and arguments to push back against Big Business and Big Government? Then this book, with chapters by experts from across the political spectrum, is for you.”