Video: How Indiana Mom Heather Crossin is Beating Common Core   6 comments

This interview with Indiana Mother Heather Crossin is not to be missed. Speaking to the Civitas Institute, she tells the story of how she got involved with the fight against Common Core:

Her third grade daughter came home from her Catholic parochial school with Common Core math worksheets. The worksheets had a “shockingly small amount” of practice, and an “inordinate amount of time spent explaining in writing how students got to answers” which had to be written by students in very scripted ways. Heather started to ask questions.

She soon found herself at a school meeting to discuss the Common Core styled math, and heard a sales pitch from a Pearson Education sales representative. She and the parents in the room didn’t like the pitch nor the new math. Then the principal informed them that there was no choice. That was Heather’s moment of illumination.

Suddenly I realized the control over what was being taught in my child’s third grade classroom was now not at my school level. In fact, it was not even at the state level. It had been removed and all control now resided outside the state of Indiana, with private trade associations that owned the copyright to these standards. So no one in my school building, or even in my state, had the ability to change, edit or delete a set of standards that I found right out of the gate to be problematic…

“…We could not believe that a shift of this magnitude had occurred in our state and no one was aware of it. We felt an overwhelming desire to at least let the people know what had happened. We felt strongly that if people knew that this type of a shift in power and control had occurred, they would be outraged as we were, and I think we found that they were.”

In this interview, Heather also explains why parents can and must get involved:

“The stakes are so high. This is not an issue that can be ignored. It really affects not just our children’s future but really our country’s future.”

She touches on the fact that the Common Core testing system (aligned now with college entrance exams) places even home schooled students and private school students at a serious disadvantage. She also relates the method by which she and other parents pushed for, and succeeded in getting, the first “pause” legislation to stop Common Core for Indiana, adding:

“The most powerful weapon that we’ve had… is that the truth and the facts are overwhelmingly on the side of the Common Core opponents. That is a very powerful weapon.”


Watch and share.

To see an additional film of Heather’s public speech at the Civitas event, see: http://stopcommoncorenc.org/2013/10/14/heather-crossin-ordinary-people-can-make-difference/

Thank you, Heather!

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6 responses to “Video: How Indiana Mom Heather Crossin is Beating Common Core

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  1. HEATHER, THANK YOU for standing strong and not retreating.

  2. We must understand this the NSA and Obamacare are not a part of any intent to improve the individual. We are considered cattle a part of the whole that is considered owned by those that consider themselves the Elite. We need to be tracked and Pigeonholed “for the greater good” to provide the workforce that will complete some grand agenda planed in and through these wannabe world owners. The only good intended by these plans is the good of the State which translates the desires of those so rich that you life equates to dollars and cents on a bottom line. Your child is not your own your property is not your own and I do not care if you have paid for it fully you still have to pay your dole to the state or forfeit your ownership.

  3. Pingback: Video: How Indiana Mom Heather Crossin is Beating Common Core | The Education Report

  4. Can Utah adopt your governor? We’d like a governor who supports Federalism.

  5. WHAT AN EXCELLENT JOB HEATHER. THANKS SO MUCH. YOU ARE SUCH AN ASSET TO THIS MOVEMENT.

  6. Reblogged this on Transparent Christina.

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