My second nonfiction interview of the year centers on a hot topic and an important civil rights issue: Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI).
What is the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI)?
CCSSI is the effort that created and is attempting to impose on states a set of national K-12 standards (Common Core). Common Core was developed primarily by a nonprofit called Achieve, Inc., in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The Standards cover mathematics and English language arts (although they also claim to cover “literacy” in other subjects such as science, history/social studies, and technical subjects). Currently, two consortia of states have accepted hundreds of millions in federal money to create national tests to align with the Standards.
Politically engaged listeners are undoubtedly well aware of the dangers and problems posed by these controversial “educational standards” which have accomplished a rare feat in contemporary American life: the uniting of right, left and center in solid opposition. Enter the new publishing company Resounding Books, founded by political activist Kirsten Lombard, whom I featured in an interview for American Journal in July of 2014 in preparation for the company’s first release, Common Ground on Common Core: Voices from Across the Political Spectrum Expose the
Resounding Books founder Kirsten Lombard.
Realities of the Common Core Standards.
Prior to its availability in the marketplace, Common Ground on Common Core received a huge boost when former United States congressman Dr. Ron Paul wrote the forward:
When an ideologically diverse array of the nation’s top education activists and experts comes together to speak out against the Common Core State Standards and related initiatives, the magnitude of the issue couldn’t be more clear. Each of the contributors to this book’s 18 essays sheds light on a different crucial aspect of the controversial reform package that encompasses Common Core. The collection offers a highly informed and troubling picture of the dangers that false education reform poses to all of us. It also demonstrates that real dialogue and cooperation across political lines is not only possible but, in fact, crucial if we are to establish pathways for true education that honor students, parents, and teachers alike.
To purchase the book, click here.
Given the success of the launch and an ensuing hectic schedule, I am honored and delighted that Kirsten will be joining me on Writestream Tuesday to discuss Common Ground and all things Common Core on February 3 at 1 p.m. Eastern. To listen online, click on this link to Writestream Tuesday: Common Ground on Common Core, or to listen by phone, dial (347) 945-7246.
Don’t miss this important show with the intelligent, knowledgeable, and indefatigable Kirsten Lombard, founder of Resounding Books!