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Spilling 'Tea' at Common Core debate

Posted: July 26, 2014 - 1:06pm
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A few Common Core opposers created signs to hold up during the debate.
A few Common Core opposers created signs to hold up during the debate.

The national debate about the Common Core educational system became local, during a discussion in front of a crowded audience, sponsored by the Faulkner County Tea Party.

The Common Core discussion has been divided into two camps, and for many it has brought passionate emotions. The two camps are simple, for and against, both supported with information and a passionate core of supporters.

The forum was filled with regular members and a sea of visitors. Among them were local politicians including David Meeks, Stephen Meeks, and Joe Farrer. Demonstrators opposing Common Core stood in the back with signs reading, “Common Core is mind control,” and “I can’t help my children with their homework. Stop Common Core now.”

As the debate began, a light PSA was addressed, which told attendees to hold back and allow each presenter to speak without backlash or heated comments.

Starting the debate was the speaker opposed to Common Core, Karen Lamoreaux.

Lamoreaux is the author of “No Choice, No Voice: Something’s Rotten to the Core.” As a voice against Common Core, she travels with individuals nationally. She is currently working to appeal the Arkansas Legislature on their decision to incorporate Common Core standards.

Lamoreaux spoke to the parents and Arkansans in the room stating that she was a mother of three, a wife, and a small business owner. She explained that funding of Common Core was from the federal government and stated that some educators have said that accelerating current standards by two years would actually slow learning and cause children to need more remedial courses. She concluded that this would actually place students two years behind.

Following Lamoreaux was her opponent Gary Newton.

Newton is the first president and CEO of Arkansas Learns. The nonprofit is nonpartisan and is comprised of private sector employers, parents, as well as citizens that are dedicated to education excellence. “I used to be a chamber man,” explained Newton, spotlighting his prior experience as executive vice president of Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce. Newton told the forum that above all else, he prides himself most as being a father.

Newton’s explanation of Common Core began with an overview of the initiative’s goals. He outlined that Common Core was developed due to a need in the United States to be competitive in education, comparable to foreign systems. He concluded by addressing the need again and expressing that the development of these standards allows students to be educationally stronger.

Following the debate, the forum opened the floor for discussion. Many of the members and guests were pleased with the debate and that the information offered by both speakers was tremendously helpful.

“It was great having a public forum in order for people to hear both sides of the CC issue. Both Karen and Gary did a good job presenting their positions. I hope more people will do the research on CC and come to understand what is at stake in our schools,” said Betty Yerger, an audience member at the Thursday evening debate.

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Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 07/26/14 - 09:42 pm
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the picture

Hey look, it's too older white guys with hand lettered signs, making a public display of their angst!

/tea party

crypted quill
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crypted quill 07/27/14 - 07:47 am
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'How many tea party patriots

'How many tea party patriots does it take to change a lightbulb? Ten million and five: One to go to Wal-Mart and buy a lightbulb (and a gun because he’s going to the store anyway), one to scoff at global climate change, one to draw a rally poster making fun of Obama, one to complain about the socialist conspiracy to bring light to all Americans, one to change the bulb, and 10 million to sit in the dark even though the light is on.'

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 07/27/14 - 05:23 pm
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I don't get it.

I don't get it.

ctce
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ctce 07/27/14 - 08:31 am
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ok everyone!

Ok everyone! Its time to line up! Shut up! Lay your guns and your right as a citizen down! Being a parent is no longer your personal worries either! Your government is here to tell you what to do and how to do it! If you don't like it tough!

I like unseatened tea....some like sweat tea....some don't like tea at all. Can we get some peaches and a lemon on top! Its a tea party! If you don't like what the tea people are saying just jump in line! I'm sure big daddy government would never steer you wrong! Salute to the almighty, the great USofA that does nothing to intentionally hurt or harm or trick anyone one of us! Heck....quit your job while your at it...at least they are good of helping the poor!

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 07/27/14 - 06:06 pm
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this guy

Sophistry troll is sophistry

ctce
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ctce 07/27/14 - 08:35 am
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off the subject but since its politics

Recently heard a joke about fracing.

Found some Democrats in our Frac ponds...decided to leave them in there. So when they are pumped down hole they will be put to good use and eventually be worth something!

Ha ha ha...got my laugh for the day.

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 07/27/14 - 05:25 pm
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I don't get it. Ok let me

I don't get it.

Ok let me try.

Why did Santa Anna bring 6000 troops to storm the Alamo? Because he only had 3 wagons.

Dolomite
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Dolomite 07/27/14 - 08:50 am
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I think it is great they are

I think it is great they are exercising their right to free speech. Whether you agree with the message or not. Why do we criticize folks because of a differing opinion? Maybe out of fear they are right?

crypted quill
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crypted quill 07/27/14 - 09:11 am
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Yup! Rascals have rights

Yup!

Rascals have rights too.

Be afraid, be very afraid of the...Rascal scooters!

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 07/27/14 - 05:26 pm
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They don't look like rascals.

They don't look like rascals.

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