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PLYMOUTH - The Plymouth Library will host a special speaker to talk on the topic of Common Core education standards.
Joy Pullmann a Research Fellow in Education at the Heartland Institute will be speaking on the topic on Aug. 8 at the Library beginning at 7 p.m.
â€śI will try to give people a basic history of the Common Core movement and how it relates to other curriculum movements through history,â€ť said Pullmann in a phone interview with the Pilot News. â€śReally importantly though I want those who come to get information on what Common Core is. Itâ€™s hard to decide a position on something if you donâ€™t really have the information on what Common Core entails.â€ť
Indiana began Common Core education standards in 2010 but the implementation of the program has been paused by the Indiana General Assembly for further debate and study.
â€śI feel there are some real concerns with Common Core and I think they are pretty obvious when you really look at it,â€ť said Pullmann. â€śI think when all testing is online and many states began this giant initiative before a lot of people were really fully informed what it is thatâ€™s a problem.
â€śI also feel that a lot of the issue comes down to local control. If you have a problem with the curriculum and talk with your local school board about it theyâ€™ll tell you thereâ€™s nothing they can do because itâ€™s part of the national standards. It takes local control of schools away.â€ť
The talk is free and open to the public.