Experts and parents speak out against the national Common Core Standards at Notre Dame Conference
South Bend, IN – TheAmerican Principles Project (APP), the Heartland Institute and Pioneer Institute, co-hosted a one-day conference at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, Monday, to discuss the destructive implications of the Common Core Standards and the future of the education of America’s youth.
More than 200 people were in attendance at the sold out conference. Among the states represented were California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia; most of which have strong grassroot movements fighting against the Common Core.
Leading experts addressed the conference on the changing landscape of the American education system and the implications of the Common Core Standards. Concerned citizens, many of whom are parents, joined in the discussion by sharing their experiences and concerns.
“The experts presented evidence that the K-3 Common Core learning standards are age inappropriate and do not prepare students for authentic college-level work,” said Gerald Bradley, a professor at Notre Dame Law School and the emcee of the conference. “These standards are not evidence-based nor are they internationally benchmarked. It will leave young people under-prepared for the real world and lacking in knowledge.”
APP Education Director Emmett McGroarty addressed the conference saying, “Experts in America and beyond are becoming more convinced by the day that the Common Core is a bad idea that just keeps getting worse. By implementing the Common Core, politicians and the special interests behind it are ruining America’s future.”
“Every seat in the auditorium today was filled with concerned Americans who are fighting for the rights of their children and for the future of our nation,” Erin Tuttle, a parent and one of the conference organizers, said. “It was inspiring to hear their stories and to know that they will each be returning to home tonight, fired up to continue the battle against the Common Core.”
Video of the conference will be available later this week on our website