American Culture

The Case Against Common Core

by Marty Crossland on May 17, 2015

I recently discovered this eye-opening, might I even say jaw-dropping lecture where a very knowledgeable speaker, Dr. Duke Pesta, challenges all the commonly quoted “wisdom” about common core in public education. He exposes is for what it is, using the very language of its creators and erstwhile proponents. It’s long (over 2 hours) but well worth the time invested to better understand and better argue against this destructive set of mechanisms which has been foisted upon our public schools.

One commonly held notion he debunks is that these standards were developed by representatives of state governor offices. As you’ll see, and the speaker thoroughly documents everything, nothing could be farther from the truth. It’s really the result of crony capitalism deals between the federal Department of Education and large publishers of educational materials. The so-called standards had absolutely no involvement by school teachers, administrators, or anyone else with any professional background in teaching or education!

Be sure and watch all the way to the end, where he exposes some of the shocking content, as well as the corrupt processes, of common core.

And for good measure. please listen to this one-hour lecture by another insightful college professor and author, Dr. Terrance O. Moore, as he describes his research on Common Core to an audience at Hillsdale College in Washington D. C.. He has recently written a book on the topic, entitled, “Story-Killers: How the Common Core Destroys Minds and Souls.”

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Tragedy AND Hope in Detroit

by Marty Crossland on November 13, 2013

As I’m sure many other Americans have felt, I have been really saddened by the continued bad news about Detroit, Michigan. I remember when I was a teenager, Detroit was a hub of manufacturing, cool automobiles, and culture-shaping music. Henry Ford first capitalized on the assembly line manufacturing method in Detroit, which eventually became known as “the motor city.” “Motown” music was birthed and thrived there, and Detroit’s various physical and cultural products were exported around the globe.

Now, thanks to over forty years of “progressivism” in its government, the city has been devastated financially, physically, and culturally. Detroit recently became the largest city in history to declare total bankruptcy. Businesses have abandoned the city in droves. Current government estimates are that over 63% of its original population have left the city, never to return. City services are so stretched for resources that emergency services like fire and police 911 calls now routinely take over an hour to respond, and some parts of the city are so dangerous that even police officers routinely refuse to enter them. Videos of those parts look like bombed-out war zone news coverage of WWII.

Many are now pointing to Detroit as a harbinger of what is to become of the entire United States if it continues down the Progressivism path that the current administration has put us on. The unsustainable level of Federal spending, government largesse, and exponential increases in intrusive Federal control could very well turn the entire nation into another Detroit.

However, at least one new business has been birthed in the middle of Detroit’s tragedy — some may say even as a result of it. Shinola Watchmaking Company was started by an optimistic entrepreneur who saw a great opportunity for the assembly-line workforce to be employed in a similar process on a much smaller scale, making quality watches and timepieces.

Please review BOTH videos below. The first is a heart-rending report of the status of Detroit and what it may mean for the future of the U.S.  The second is an encouraging report about Shinola.

What Progressivism has Done to Detroit


TheBlaze.com has done an interesting analysis of the woes that social progressivism has foisted on the city of Detroit.

Detroit Chosen for Watchmaker’s American Dream


Shinola corporation deliberately chose Detroit for building a new state of the art assembly plant.

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