Dr. Susan Berry

Susan Berry has a doctorate in psychology. She writes about cultural, educational, and healthcare policy issues.

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'American Girl' Dolls, Girl Scout Badges Now Common Core-Aligned

Abandoning his support of the Common Core standards, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told his Fox News Channel audience, “Common Core is dead.” The truth, however, is that Common Core is becoming part of every aspect of children’s lives, leaving many American parents concerned about intrusion into privacy and indoctrination. Dec 18, 2013 7:56 PM PT

Pearson Foundation to Pay $7 Million Settlement over For-Profit Common Core-Aligned Courses

In a case that has drawn attention to the highly competitive and lucrative world of educational assessment and technology associated with the Common Core State Standards, the Pearson Foundation, the non-profit arm of one of the country’s largest educational publishers, has agreed to a settlement of $7.7 million after accusations by the attorney general of New York that it helped develop Common Core-aligned courses for Pearson, Inc., its corporate parent. Dec 16, 2013 12:23 PM PT

Center For American Progress Panel: End 'Christian Privilege' In Name of Religious Freedom

A panel discussion sponsored by John Podesta’s Center for American Progress (CAP) on Thursday came to the conclusion that Christian conservatives use religion as a justification for their discriminatory behavior. Americans, they argue, will never enjoy full religious freedom until Christians’ claims for religious liberty are defeated. Dec 13, 2013 10:56 AM PT

Christian Leaders Praise Mandela, but Pro-Life Voices Urge Caution

Though both Pope Francis and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, among other Christian faith leaders, have offered high praise to former South African president Nelson Mandela upon his recent death, pro-life leaders are urging caution since Mandela also had a role in bringing abortion-on-demand and homosexual “marriage” to South Africa. Dec 9, 2013 9:59 PM PT

Huckabee Abandons Common Core, Eyes 2016 Presidential Bid

Fox News Channel host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) is considering a 2016 presidential bid, and one of the first things he has done to test the waters for his candidacy is to abandon the Common Core academic standards, a sign that the new education program is fast becoming a toxic issue for political candidates. Dec 9, 2013 3:58 PM PT

Teachers Complain Common Core Makes Them 'Robots,' 'Machines'

Though the bulk of criticism about the content of the Common Core academic standards has come from parents, many teachers are growing increasingly vocal about how the new standards are affecting their daily jobs in the classroom. These teachers complain that Common Core is not allowing them to use their own individual skills in teaching their students. Dec 9, 2013 9:18 AM PT

Leftist Catholics Launch Petition Demanding Limbaugh Apologize to Pope

Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh told his listeners on Thursday that he refuses to “play villain in the Pope Soap Opera” that the left created following Limbaugh’s comments about Pope Francis’ recent exhortation. In part of the statement, the pope was critical of free market economics, though some defenders of the pontiff are saying his words were mistranslated. Dec 7, 2013 3:09 PM PT

Catholic 'Border' Bishops Urge Advocacy For Amnesty

Catholic bishops from the border region of Mexico, Texas, and New Mexico have sent an open letter to “Catholics and All People of Good Will” to urge them to engage in advocacy for the protection of the rights of immigrants and to help keep immigrant families together. Dec 7, 2013 11:27 AM PT

Common Core Roots Lie in Ties Between Barack Obama, Bill Ayers

The Chicago Public Education Fund was created in 1998 by Obama, Ayers, and the rest of the CAC board. Then-Illinois state Sen. Obama was a member of the leadership council, as was Bill Ayers’ father, Thomas Ayers, and brother, John Ayers. Ultimately, the CAC closed down in June of 2001, leaving the Fund to distribute grant money. Dec 5, 2013 5:38 PM PT


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