New Book: Common Ground on Common Core

PolitiChicks.comReaders, I’m tired. I’m weary. I’m so very frustrated that the political divide hampers some activists ability to spread the message about Common Core and its many pitfalls.

If that didn’t make any sense I will give you a perfect example: Your neighbor is a committed liberal and you know that if they only knew the whole story behind Common Core that they would jump on your bandwagon and beat the drum with you to get it stopped. You need a piece of literature to give them that will spell it out and show all of the sides of Common Core. You also know that you absolutely cannot give them a copy of We Will Not Conform by Glenn Beck. They would immediately turn you off and tune you out and never give Common Core a second look.

Same thing happens if you try to show your Republican neighbor across the street that many sides of political spectrum are against Common Core by handing them the letter that William Ayers wrote to Obama chastising him for the Common Core or a book by Diane Ravitch.

The news I share here, though, could (and will!) be a game changer!

I recently had the opportunity and pleasure to interview Kirsten Lombard, the editor of a new book called Common Ground on Common Core.

This book features people on both sides of the aisle and their thoughts on Common Core. Each an expert in their own right, this book provides a range of voices across the spectrum with many different angles.

It’s comprised of 18 essays, each approximately 6,000 words long, 2 of which were co-authored and are slightly longer.

I’m so excited here I don’t even know where to begin. Common Ground will feature essays from people like William Estrada, from the Home School Legal Defense Association, discussing standardization vs. centralization. Notable grassroots activists such as Karen Lamoreaux and Jeffrey Horn; members from Boards of Education; James Milgram, the only math expert on the Common Core validation committee who refused to sign off; Sandra Stotsky, another member of the validation committee with many credits to her name who refused to sign off; Kris Nielsen, former teacher who quit to become an activist and has written his own books on the Common Core; Jane Robbins from the American Principles Project; Christopher Tienken, Shane Vander Hart, S. Wharton discusses disabilities and the CC, Ze’ev Wurman, Morna McDermott…all experts with their own vision and take on the Common Core.

And the best thing is that they all have something different to say and they range from radically left all the way to Libertarian. We have parents, teachers, PhDs, researchers, lawyers, and people from all areas of education from home school to universities. This book has something for everyone, whether you are a teacher or a grandparent or just a concerned tax payer.

Is this a book you can give your liberal neighbor? Yes! Is this a book you can give to your conservative neighbor? Absolutely! Could you buy a copy and give to everyone on your local school board? Please do!

Follow along with me as I read Kirsten’s Newsletter and watch for updates on the exact release date. Resounding Books promises the book will be out this month, September 2014 in both digital and print formats. You can also keep up with Common Ground on Facebook and Twitter.

I am looking forward to reading this book and, more importantly, passing copies to everyone I can think of who needs to read it! I am trusting that this is going to be a game changer for our movement and am literally on pins and needles to get this book into my hot little hands!

Macey France

Oregon PolitiChick Macey France is co-founder of the Stop Common Core in Oregon and is working with parents across the state to educate and help them to learn how to advocate for their children's education. Macey has spoken at many Common Core informational meetings across the state of Oregon. Macey's articles on Common Core have been picked up by various news outlets and she has been a guest on many radio shows across the nation. Macey's article about The Bluest Eye was featured on a panel on Al Jazeera America and was nominated for a CPAC Blogger Award for Best Sunlight Post of 2013. Macey is a strong conservative with libertarian leanings, making her more of a "conservatarian." Preserving the constitutional and moral values of that this great nation was founded on for her children is her priority. She is a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in elementary school. As a mom who has always been interested in politics, religion and all of the taboo subjects, she has always had a lot to say about the state of the nation. When she realized the Common Core Standards were not only bad news for children but a government coup over education, she decided to fight back and is now considered one of the nation's leading experts on all-things-Common Core. When she's not having uncomfortable arguments with strangers on Facebook she can be found spending time with her husband of 15 years and two sons. Find Macey France on Facebook and Twitter: @MaceyFrancePC

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