Mary Grabar

“Ten years from now they will know that I really, really cared about them learning the Common Core,” she says.

Really? Is that what you remember from a favorite teacher?

Although Common Core is a federal program, with federal tests and federal access to students’ records, Ms. Novak says that she wants her students to know that Common Core was “not imposed by Big Brother.”

Rather, “this is something I am supposed to teach and that I will teach even if I have to throw a kid on the table.”

We wonder: How did she get him on the table? We don’t see that part, but we do see

Ms. Novak informing the class: “He’s physically looking crucified on the cross. Excellent job, Jack!”

The class applauds.

The lead article for this “Teaching Matters” newsletter (“A Newsletter Celebrating Teachers & Teaching from the U.S. Department of Education”) featured a photo of Education Secretary Arne Duncan with a teacher, one of eight he met with at a Maryland elementary school. The headline read, “Keeping It Real. Talking Teacher with Arne Duncan.”

Posted at Dissident Prof here.

Mary Grabar

Mary Grabar earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia and teaches in Atlanta. She is organizing the Resistance to the Re-Education of America at Her writing can be found at