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Common Core Panel Comes To Columbia

Exposing Common Core is an opportunity for you to learn from national experts what Common Core Standards are all about and why South Carolina’s families deserve better! This unique event will be held September 21, 2013 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center at 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia SC 29201. Starting at 9 a.m., national…

Exposing Common Core is an opportunity for you to learn from national experts what Common Core Standards are all about and why South Carolina’s families deserve better!

This unique event will be held September 21, 2013 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center at 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia SC 29201. Starting at 9 a.m., national experts on Common Core as well as leaders from across the Palmetto State will present and tell you the truth about Common Core. Come see and hear our expert panel:

US Senator Tim Scott
SC Senator Larry Grooms
Jane Robbins, American Principles Project
Ze’ev Wurman, Hoover Institution
Sandra Stotsky, University of Arkansas Professor
Joy Pullman, Heartland Institute
Whitney Neal, Freedom Works

Lunch is included. Admission is $35.00 at the door and seating is limited. Buy now using your credit card and pay only $30.00.


Parking for your event is fast and convenient with available spaces located at and around the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center:

  • 300 car capacity parking lot adjacent to the Convention Center. Parking in this lot is complimentary and subject to availability.
  • 800 car parking garage located across from the facility on Lincoln and Pendleton Streets. 500 of these spaces may be available for attendees, subject to availability. The garage is managed by the City of Columbia and charges $10.00 per day. As you enter the conference, ask for our free $4.00 off coupon. Present that coupon as you leave the garage at the end of the day and only pay $6.00!
  • Several metered spaces are available within walking distance of the Convention Center.

Hotel options provided for your convenience. Mention that you are attending the South Carolina Parents Involved in Education for a special discount (if rooms are still available for the reduced rate.)

Here is our flyer. Check it out!

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Lake September 14, 2013 at 8:00 am

Seems like more Tea-party crap. I love the fact that you have to pay to attend. Every state in the southeast adopted these standards back in 2010. I read the information on the standards, nothing nafarious to be found. See this link –

My impression is that this is a manufactured controversy to promote the Tea Party Agenda and nothing more.

MashPotato September 14, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Your imp

El Kabong September 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Education in this country is world class, at least for parents who take time to get involved, help with homework, encourage excellence in their children, and work in a collaborative manner with schools and teachers. For those parents who expect the school to do it all the education is, and always has been, mediocre.

The Colonel September 14, 2013 at 4:51 pm

El Kabong you knocked this one outa the park!

Sphincter Lips September 15, 2013 at 9:59 pm

El Kabong – YOU ARE THE MAN!!

nitrat September 14, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Thomas Jefferson:
1786 August 13. (to George Wythe) “I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowledge among the people. No other sure foundation can be devised, for the preservation of freedom and happiness…Preach, my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance; establish & improve the law for educating the common people. Let our countrymen know that the people alone can protect us against these evils [tyranny, oppression, etc.] and that the tax which will be paid for this purpose is not more than the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance.”[2]

The Colonel September 14, 2013 at 9:41 am

I have not read the entire curriculum yet but haven’t been overly impressed with what I have seen. It does include fuzzy math – “what do you think 8+5 equals” instead of the clear concise math us older farts learned. The system covers on Math and English. The Math doesn’t get beyond basic Algebra and Geometry at the HS level. The English isn’t particularly challenging – for instance the “Core” accepts a 2nd-3rd grade level reading ability for a 3rd grader.

I think the big issue is that a “national system” like Common Core allows political ideology to creep in the readings and materials used in class. I favor home rule for schools/districts and do not like “national curriculum” as a matter of principle. National standards are one thing, national curriculum is a little to “Deutschland, Deutschland über alles” for me.

If you want to see the actual standards, go here and click under ‘discover the common standards”

Guest September 14, 2013 at 10:32 am

All the mamas that show up are home schoolers and most of the hell raisers are too old to have kids in school.

The whole issue is…not too credible.

Common Bore September 14, 2013 at 4:34 pm

The Common Core is opposed by the far right, the far left, and many in between. That alone speaks volumes, so we should all be paying attention.

nitrat September 14, 2013 at 5:54 pm

The governors of virtually every state in the Union signed off on their state’s participation before Barack Obama was elected.
People, Rs and Ds, did not have a problem with Common Core until Obama came out supporting it.

Common Bore September 14, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Sorry, I should rephrase. Educators and parents from all parties oppose the CCSS, whether it be for how they were formed, who will profit from the testing and test materials, how they are one size fits all, or how they tell states how to educate children with only 15% state input that we will rarely see since that part is not tested. See NY for what type of nightmare to expect.

Drew September 15, 2013 at 10:28 am

Is this a joke? Please don’t promote a group of misinformed individuals gathering together with groupthink mentality and no answers on the actual problems.

You support not having Common Core? I’ve seen schools that are “Excellent” on our State Report cards, yet the valedictorian can not get into an out of state public university. What does this say about our state?

The tea party nuts are going to the State Board of Ed meeting, fear mongering that the Federal government is stealing our students identity, is absolutely hysterical. The sad thing is it is not a joke, and there are real reform efforts trying to take place. Right now, we are at the bottom and we are holding ourselves accountable to standards which align us to the bottom.

As South Carolinians, we should hold our students to higher standards. Charter schools, standards that are rigorous and comparative to successfully reformed states, and a mix of other laws are necessary to uplift students.

Looking forward to attending and countering these redneck, misinformed folks who don’t know a thing about how to reform schools.

Common Bore September 15, 2013 at 11:40 am

I get the criticism of some of the reasoning behind the Tea Party’s opposition to the CCSS, but can you as easily dismiss the opposition from parent and teacher groups who support the positions of Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody? Just curious.

Drew September 15, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Yes, quite easily actually. Those are individuals who are a part of the status quo ,and in Diane’s case, the ultra liberal left thinking which is not a common sense approach to education. It’s not putting student’s first, holding administrators accountable, and many other issues. That’s why I think education is the one area we can all get along if there is a common sense approach

Common Bore September 16, 2013 at 11:08 am

Status quo?! Well, I completely disagree with you on that, but it isn’t like anyone can change someone’s mind on this forum. I do challenge you to read Diane’s newest book which will be released tomorrow. See if you think her solutions are status quo. Also, I think you will appreciate seeing Sir Ken Robinson on the 25th at the Columbia Convention Center. I can’t speak for the group hosting (don’t really know much about them), but I have heard Sir Ken speak before about education and he is spot on.

Common Bore September 16, 2013 at 11:15 am

And I do agree with you about education being the one area all sides should come together. It can happen if we all look at what is going on in the classroom and ask – Is this what I would want for my own child?

Manray September 15, 2013 at 10:58 am

Based on the “experts” listed above, this is just another right-wing scare mongering group targeted at the ignorant and credulous — or the typical SC Republican.

Jay Ellington September 17, 2013 at 10:20 am

Do you have kids currently enrolled in public SC schools?

Manray September 17, 2013 at 11:14 am

No, both graduated. Do some research into this anti-Common Core movement. It seems to have originated in Texas with right-wing religious zealots who want to replace science curricula with Creationism. This is just another effort to claim public money for private schools — or simply another example of GOP pandering to the ignorant and credulous. I like the idea of a Common Core. It will help resist the wingnuttery of state or local school boards who want to implement Creationism, weird biological science concepts (legitimate rape), mythology as history, and stamp out public health education — especially about sex.

Baker September 15, 2013 at 1:42 pm

This looks like just another sham event to try to undermine and defund public education with the hope of for-profit charters and tax credits for well-off people to put their kids in private school.

I’m not necessarily a fan of the standards movement…..I’d love for teachers to just be allowed to teach what they believe matters most and to get direction from their local communities and education leaders. On the other hand, I have heard from pretty much everyone who knows about this stuff that Common Core is a step up in terms of difficulty and thoroughness. It’s not “dumbing down” or anything like that. Oh, and I’ve heard nothing about it trying to turn kids into Obama-loving-communist-Muslims.

These right-wingers put down public education at every possible turn, saying that we’re falling behind the rest of the world. Then they decry any efforts public schools make to put in place standards and innovations aimed at competing internationally (which, of course, they already do in many positive ways). For groups like FreedomWorks, this isn’t about improving our public schools…’s about pushing anti-public education propaganda.

Plain and simple.


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