Dr. Terrence O. Moore, author of a just released book on Common Core, will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Citizens Committed to the Constitution (C3) on Monday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. at Bachelor Creek Church in Wabash. All teachers, administrators, students, parents, grandparents and interested citizens are encouraged to attend.
What is the Common Core? How will the Common Core English Standards affect the teaching of great stories in our schools? Will there be any great stories left in the minds of our children when the Common Core has controlled the curriculum and testing of both public and private schools for a few years? What are the real purposes behind the educational coup that has taken place with very little public debate and even less understanding?
In this book, school reformer and professor Dr. Terrence Moore carefully examines both the claims made by the architects of the Common Core and the hidden agenda behind the so-called reforms that have been adopted by over forty states in the nation, with very few people understanding what is really going on. Moore not only challenges the aims of this educational regime, but actually analyzes lessons recommended in the Common Core English Standards and in the new textbooks bearing the Common Core logo. Such a thorough review exposes the absurdity, superficiality and political bias that can only serve to dumb down the nation's schools, including those in Indiana.
Worse, the means that the Common Core uses represent a deliberate undermining of the great stories of our tradition, the stories that in former times trained the minds and ennobled the souls of young people. Those stories are now under attack.
Dr. Moore teaches history at Hillsdale College. He earned a B.A. in history from the University of Chicago in 1990 and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Edinburgh in 1999. He taught at Ashland University in Ohio for two years. Dr. Moore also served as a lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1990-1993. For seven years, he was the principal of Ridgeview Classical Schools, a K-12 charter school in Fort Collins, Colo., whose high school was twice ranked the number-one public high school in the state. He is now an advisor to the Barney Charter School Initiative at Hillsdale College and through that initiative is helping start dozens of charter schools throughout the nation.
Dr. Moore writes frequently on educational issues, limited government, and traditional manhood. He has published articles with The Claremont Review of Books, The Washington Times, Human Events, Big Government, Touchstone, The Family in America, Townhall and The Wall Street Journal. At Hillsdale, Dr. Moore teaches core Western and American Heritage courses and upper-level courses in intellectual history, including a course on the Enlightenment and a course on the nature and history of manhood. He received the Emily Daugherty Award for Teaching Excellence at Hillsdale in 2010.
Dr. Moore is the author of The Perfect Game, a novel about real boys growing up in Texas during the eighties. He lives with his wife and their four children in Angola. His book on Common Core, The Story-Killers: A Common Sense Case Against the Common Core, is available on Amazon and Kindle.
Admission is free. Bachelor Creek Church of Christ is located at 2147 N State Road 15. For additional information, call 765-623-1392.