Dr. Susan Berry

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


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New Poll Shows Americans Have Lost Faith in Promises of Big Government

A new Gallup survey finds that Americans’ confidence in all three branches of the U.S. government has fallen dramatically, reaching record lows for Congress (7 percent), the Supreme Court (30 percent), and a six-year low for the presidency (29 percent). Jun 30, 2014 9:51 AM PT

National Association of State Boards of Education Sues OK Over Common Core Repeal

In Oklahoma, where Gov. Mary Fallin (R), recently repealed the controversial nationalized standards, petitioners organized by the National Associations of State Boards of Education (NASBE) have sued, arguing that the repeal of the Common Core standards is unconstitutional under Oklahoma state law. Jun 28, 2014 3:34 PM PT

Common Core Sample Lesson Teaches 'Evolving Nature of Constitution'

A sample Common Core lesson plan for 8th graders, provided by a nonprofit group founded by the three lead writers of the Common Core standards, teaches that the U.S. Constitution is an “evolving” document and that the nation’s founders only considered white males with property as persons under the law. Jun 26, 2014 1:17 PM PT

Gates-Funded Achieve, Inc. Celebrates NY's Failure to Halt Common Core

The president of education company Achieve Inc, which has received millions of dollars in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help develop and implement the Common Core standards, is celebrating the fact that New York lawmakers will continue implementation of the controversial nationalized standards. Jun 26, 2014 11:05 AM PT

Tennessee Abandons PARCC Common Core Test Consortium

A new law passed in the state of Tennessee has led Gov. Bill Haslam (R) and the state’s chief education officials to quietly quit the PARCC Common Core test consortium, leaving the multi-state test group with only 15 members. Jun 24, 2014 6:45 AM PT

Common Core Issue Highlights Huge Role of Federal Government in Education

A positive byproduct of having the Common Core Standards in the political spotlight is that Americans are now learning of the enormous role the federal government has had in education for nearly 50 years, from President Lyndon Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in 1965, to President Barack Obama’s decision in 2009 to use federal “Race to the Top” funds to lure states into adopting nationalized standards. Jun 23, 2014 2:12 AM PT

Fox News: Common Core a Conservative 'Litmus Test'

Where a Republican stands on the Common Core standards is now a “litmus test for gauging candidates’ conservative bona fides,” says Fox News.com, as more political experts contend that the controversial standards are helping to define elections, from local school boards to the White House. Jun 21, 2014 6:43 AM PT

Biased NBC/WSJ Poll Question Yields 59% Supporting Common Core Standards

While more states are attempting to extricate themselves from the controversial Common Core standards, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has suspiciously found that 59 percent of Americans “strongly” or “somewhat strongly” support “adoption and implementation” of the nationalized standards, while only 31 percent oppose them. Jun 20, 2014 3:28 AM PT

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