Category Archives: HSLDA

Dr. Everett Piper: Philosophical Reasons Against the Core

Young Boy at School Raising His Hand to Answer in Class

Dr. Everett Piper, President of the Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is quite the engaging speaker.  At a recent Common Core event in Edmond, Oklahoma, Piper lamented that the Common Core State Standards were “common” and that a true liberal arts education has no place for “common”.   Academic freedom (and religious freedom) go hand in hand in a society where liberty is cherished.   Piper states, “Ideas have consequences” and that  “Ideas matter.”

Dr. Piper is the author of “Why I’m a Liberal and Other Conservative Ideas”.

HSLDA Goal: Block the Common Core Standards

The HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) has just announced a redesign of their website to include a significant amount of material on the Common Core Standards.  The Common Core Standards are much more than “school standards” and include a wide array of initiatives such as data mining.  Topic Papers, Articles and Downloads/Printables offer parents and citizens information as well as help in fighting Common Core.  HSLDA’s Goal: Block the Common Core Standards.

Michael Farris, HSLDA director, states “I oppose Common Core for two central reasons: first, because it creates yet another set of centralized government standards for education, and second, because the Common Core has served as a catalyst for a dangerous innovation in data collection for students that will follow them throughout their education.”

1.  Contact your state legislator immediately

2. Contact your federal representative

3.  Spread the word

4.  Follow HSLDA through e-mail alerts

5. Take Action!

According to the site, new pages include:

FAQS:  Everything you need to know about the Common Core at a glance!

Timeline: Where did the Common Core come from?

Glossary: Who are the major players and what do those abbreviations mean?

Analysis: For those who want more – our in-depth research behind the FAQS

Get Involved!  How you can make a difference!

“The Common Core can only be stopped if citizens in every state demand that their representative block the standards,” according to the HSLDA Take Action page.

We at Minnesota Against Common Core are encouraged to see HSLDA take a strong stand against CCSSI and strongly suggest all members sign up for their e-mail alerts!  If you are a homeschooler, it is very important that you become or maintain your membership with HSLDA.