Our mission is to inform the people of Minnesota about the federal education initiative, known as Common Core State Standards. Our task is to provide educational support through town hall meetings as well as assistance to school boards and legislative bodies. Our goal is to fully repeal Common Core State Standards and No Child Left Behind in Minnesota, through our grassroots call to action. ∞
Our State-Wide Conference Call for December features Mark Naison and Priscilla Sanstead, Co-Founders of the National Badass Teachers Association (BATs)! ”Let TEACHERS Teach!” is the featured topic for this conference call on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Mark and Priscilla will present their topic and take questions at the end of the call.
The Badass Teachers Association is a national phenomenem without rival. Founded on June 17, 2013, the BATs numbers have swelled to over 34,000 teachers. Started at the same time, The Badass Parents Association helps inform parents about the most recent education reforms. A recent off-shoot is the Badass School Board Association.
Mark Naison, PhD, is Professor of African-American Studies and History at Fordham University, Director of Fordham’s Urban Studies Program and the BAT CO-Founder. He is the author of three books and over 100 articles on African-American History, urban history, and the history of sports.
When not doing historical research, Naison likes to play tennis, golf and basketball, and make periodic forays into the media. He has appeared on the O’Reilly Factor, the Discovery Channel’s Greatest American Competition (as Dr King’s advocate), and on the Dave Chappell Show, where his “performance” has been preserved on that show’s Second Year DVD.
Priscilla has experiences with a wide number of educational choices through her grown daughter. She was an active volunteer in schools – Montessori, Public Charter (1999 – 2000, before corporate deform), Public, Private, and Progressive – then transitioned to homeschooling through a CA state charter, and finally to unschooling with her autodidact daughter.
A big advocate for libraries, she has run many school and public book sales. She assembled, funded, and operated a Florida public charter school library (1999 – 2001) and volunteered full-time for a private school library for a year. A volunteer nature guide for 6 years, she managed the volunteer group and led hundreds of school tours. She taught remedial math at a private college for a year, and became a vocal advocate for changes in math as well as reading education.
An avid “people connector”, Priscilla runs several other much smaller education and learning communities on Facebook. She volunteered with the social movement UnCollege (.org) for about 2 years, running the online community she founded there. Attracting and coordinating volunteers were the focus of a museum position and a county government job. In her free time she is an art museum docent and gardener.
Join us for an informative hour!
Want to know more about Common Core Standards as well as the adjoining reform system? Want to meet up with others who are experiencing difficulties for their children and families?
MACC will hold another in a series of Common Core talks at the American Legion in Waconia, MN on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00p.m. Our Nation’s Greatest Catastrophe: An Education Takeover will include a power point presentation and question/answer session. The address is 233 South Olive Street. The venue seats 200 so please come a bit early. There will be a donation to help cover the costs of the room.
The presentation is updated often and includes information that is Minnesota specific. Bring a friend or two and join us!
The mission of Minnesotans Against Common Core (MACC) is to inform and educate the public about the educational reform system known as Common Core “State” Standards. We are giving presentations throughout Minnesota. Please contact us if you have a group or organization that would benefit from this information.