Dr. Susan Berry

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

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Obama, CDC Contradict Each Other over Ebola Safety on Public Transportation

While President Obama said in a video message released Thursday that Ebola cannot be contracted through casual contact “like sitting next to someone on a bus,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised Americans with symptoms of the disease traveling in or arriving home from Ebola-stricken nations to “avoid public transportation.” Oct 10, 2014 6:33 PM PT

Evidence Mounts of Unions Exploiting Protesting Colorado Students

Evidence is mounting that protesting students in Jefferson County, Colorado – who claim to be concerned about “censorship” in a school board committee’s plan to review the new Advanced Placement U.S. History framework – were urged on by teachers and teachers’ unions at the national, state, and local levels because they were enraged that a conservative-led school board moved the district toward a merit-pay system. Oct 10, 2014 10:34 AM PT

As Election Looms, CT Gov. Malloy Blames Adoption of Common Core on Republican Predecessor

In a debate last week between incumbent Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-WFP) and Republican challenger Tom Foley, Malloy blamed his state’s adoption of the Common Core standards on his Republican predecessor, even though the governor has embraced the standards, dismissed criticism of them as jargon, and said he believes Common Core is the best way for students to become prepared for college and careers. Oct 9, 2014 6:44 AM PT

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Creates New 'Data Czar' to Manage Student and Workforce Data

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), considered to be a 2016 presidential hopeful, is headed to New Hampshire this month to do some campaigning. Though fond of presenting himself as a conservative, Pence’s “rebrand” of the Common Core standards, his decision to accept Medicaid expansion, and, more recently, his creation of a new state office that will manage an expanded network of student and workforce data, may all place him, instead, in the category of big government progressive. Oct 7, 2014 11:13 AM PT

Pro-Life Chalk Messages on University Campus Vandalized with Swastikas

On Sunday evening after an event during which pro-life student groups across the nation drew chalk displays of their messages at their colleges, universities, and high schools, students at Eastern Michigan University found that vandals had covered their drawings with the Nazi swastika symbol and threw water on their chalk drawings. Oct 7, 2014 5:16 AM PT

CDC Chief Frieden on Ebola: Sealing Borders 'Increases People's Distrust of Government'

On his blog on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), director Dr. Tom Frieden wrote that sealing borders, restricting travel to and from countries with widespread cases of Ebola, and otherwise isolating communities infected with the deadly disease “increases people’s distrust of government, making them less likely to co-operate to help stop the spread of Ebola.” Oct 6, 2014 5:42 PM PT

More Than 800 Turn Out for Common Core Town Hall in Louisiana

More than 800 parents, teachers, and citizens turned out for a filled-to-capacity town hall meeting this past week in Moss Bluff, Louisiana, organized by state Rep. Brett Geymann (R), a vocal opponent of the Common Core standards. Oct 5, 2014 3:27 PM PT

College Board Threatens to Drop Colorado School District from AP US History

The College Board, which administers the Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) course and exam, has not only come out in support of student protesters in Jefferson County, Colorado, but has threatened to drop the school district’s AP designation if the school board proceeds with a review of the APUSH framework. Oct 4, 2014 9:06 AM PT


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