As a conservative Republican, there are many complaints I have against President Obama’s leadership and our expanding federal government. Whether it is the Internal Revenue Service’s unconstitutional targeting of conservative groups, more tax hikes than spending cuts, or rising health care costs even after the passing of ObamaCare, the federal government under President Obama has been expanding, with very little to show for it.
But I’m saddened when some fellow conservatives criticize Common Core State Standards as another example of the centralized federal government taking over education.
There are many ways in which the federal government is infringing upon our freedoms. Common Core State Standards are not one of them.
As a former 11th and 12th grade social studies teacher at Whites Creek High School in Nashville, TN, I experienced firsthand how the educational policies and standards of the past two decades have made equality of opportunity a myth for far too many of our children. I also learned what an educational standard is and is not. Standards are the goals that we set for our students. Curriculum is the path we navigate to get them to those goals. The Common Core State Standards are not a dictation on how we should teach. They are meant to raise the bar to make our students nationally and internationally competitive with higher order thinking and problem solving skills needed to meet the needs of the future.
Week 1 round up:
Let’s recap a wacky week 1 where the underdogs were 11-5 against the spread.
Headlines I thought we wouldn’t see:
“Tom Brady and the Patriots rally in the 4th to beat EJ Manuel and the Bills.”
“Ravens D give up 7 passing touchdowns.”
“Colts struggle to stop Terrelle Pryor.”
“Gino Smith leads the Jets to a game winning field goal.”
“Kaepernick throws for 400+.”
“Eagles blow past RG3.”
Now for headlines I thought we would see:
“Jags score 2 points in opener.”
“Chargers blow a 21 point lead in the second half.”
“Sean Payton flips off Roger Goodell.” (Not exactly true… yet) Read more
The Wise Guise is honored to have Josh Sigler (a loyal reader and friend) join us today with a guest post. Josh attends the University of Alabama and is writing about the big sorority segregation story that has broken into national news this week.
He writes, “Since the article was released, we have discussed it at length in every single one of my classes and in every class, the attitude has been the same: WE ARE FED UP. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve heard say something like, “I don’t care what they call us, as long as some good comes of it all!” I know the rest of the nation probably won’t believe me, but this campus is ALIVE today. 50 years later and this new generation is ready to do whatever it takes to replace the old and build a new campus that seeks justice and embraces freedom and equality for all.”
If you want to read the entire piece, click below! We’re honored to feature it on our site today.
We just wanted to take a moment to share with you guys our partnership with our friends over at MemphiSport amongst other sites. While we at The Wise Guise aren’t going anywhere any time soon, several of us have had various opportunities to write for other various outlets and we wanted to be sure to share some of those posts with y’all.
Clayton is doing a weekly series on Tennessee football on MemphiSport and you can find his take on the Austin Peay game here and his thoughts on the Western Kentucky game here.
Warner wrote a piece on that can be found here on the possibility of Hugh Freeze leaving Ole Miss for the potentially soon-to-be-vacant Texas head coaching position. His reflections mean a lot for not only Ole Miss, but for a lot of non-top-tier football programs attempting to become better without having their coaches poached.
In non-sports related posts around the internet, Joseph Williams has recently written a fantastic post on the absurdity of higher education costs for PolicyMic that can be found here.
And in case you live under a rock and weren’t aware, our Bachelor/Bachelorette blogger, Liz Riggs, has her own fantastic blog with all sorts of entertaining thoughts that can be found here.
Again, The Wise Guise is still our home, we are just occasionally branching out on other venues and wanted to share some of these posts with you guys. We want to thank everyone who continues to read our site and are grateful to have the opportunities to branch out every now and then!
[Author’s Note: As a professional single person, I thought it would be fun to start an occasional series focused around various aspects of riding solo. Before we delve into this, let it be known that I am in no way a lonely, sad person and most of this will be written in jest. So let’s have some fun, shall we?]
While meandering along the tranquil interstates during the Zen-inducing Memphis rush hour, a voice – well, three voices – enlightened my ears to a week of celebration previously unknown.
National Cancer Awareness Week? No. National Educators Week? Nope. National Read a Road Map Week? Nu uh.
The celebration focuses on embracing the wonders of aloneness: National Singles Week. Read more
I woke up this morning to a phone call from Mary. Most of my mornings start this way. Like most of us, she’s anxious in the morning about the day’s events and responsibilities. She’s anxious about what she’s doing that day. She’s curious about what I’m doing. So we chat for several minutes before we each start our day.
This morning, after our usual conversation, Mary asked me, “What’s today?”
She remembered. She’ll never forget. She can’t forget. She was only 12 years old, but she remembers 9-11-2001. She remembers the fears, the tears, and the confusion. She also remembers more clearly the bravery of the firemen and policemen. The bravery of the ordinary Americans. The sacrifice of our soldiers.
If all Americans only remembered as well as Mary does.
I still remember where I was that morning. In 9th grade at White Station High School in Memphis, TN, I had first period gym. I jogged over to the office to drop off the attendance. I saw the images of flaming buildings on the news. The secretaries’ faces were glazed over. I assumed it was an early morning movie on TBS or the latest schtick on The Daily Show. Then, I saw the CBS logo in the corner. I knew it was real. And I had goosebumps all over.
As I continue to write pieces at PolicyMic and other places, I want to be sure to always share my thoughts and reflections here at my home at The Wise Guise. My latest piece published yesterday is one that I’ve thought and read a lot about lately – the exponential escalation of costs for all things higher education. I could go on a soap box about why higher education is failing everyone, the student loan debt bubble, etc. But for now, I’ll offer my thoughts on the disturbing statistics, the absurd textbook prices, and some innovations that could begin to change things! Enjoy!