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How Common Core Fights Parents for Control of American Kids

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New Hardcover/ 280 pages
ISBN: 9781594038815
AVAILABLE: 01/03/2017

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The Education Invasion
How Common Core Fights Parents for Control of American Kids

In 2009, a conglomerate of unelected, self-appointed officials met behind closed doors to create a set of rules that would outline what children must learn in every grade in core K-12 classes. In 2010, the Obama administration required states to use these rules for curriculum and tests to have a chance at extra federal money during the Great Recession. Three years later, most Americans told pollsters they had no idea what common Core was.

Their children were beginning to find out, however. Pullmann tugs on a thread that leads to a big tangle of history, politics, and intrigue that together help explain why small children must sit and cry over math homework while their parents look on helplessly. Early test results suggest Common Core means American kids will learn less. Why, then, did we do it? Who made out like bandits while kids and self-governance suffered? And how can Americans ensure their children won’t be served the same rewarmed brain hash they have rejected time and time again?

About the Author

Joy Pullmann is managing editor of The Federalist and an education research fellow at The Heartland Institute. She received a Robert Novak journalism fellowship in 2013-14 to fund in-depth research and reporting on Common Core.

Pullmann has taught high school and middle school history, literature, and debate, and has written public speaking curriculum. A graduate of the Hillsdale College honors and journalism programs, Pullmann and her husband live in the Midwest and have four children ages five and younger.

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