Although the June 4 Kirby Center lecture “Common Core Common Sense: Why It’s Illiberal and Unconstitutional” will not be available as a live online webcast, the lecture will be archived in the Center’s collection of past monthly lectures. The lecture will be given by Daniel B. Coupland, associate professor of education at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. Dr. Coupland serves as advisor for the Classical Education minor and the Liberal Arts Teaching Apprenticeship, and acts as a consultant for Hillsdale’s Charter School Initiative. In 2013, he was voted professor of the year by the college’s senior class.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative has been coming under increasing fire in the past months. Many state lawmakers initially attracted to the promised Race to the Top federal monies promised upon acceptance of the initiative, are now reversing their stands. There are many state and national groups springing up to stop the implementation of Common Core standards and regain local control of education.
The lecture will be begin at 7 p.m. on June 4, 2013. It will be preceded by an open house at 6:30 and followed by a reception. Those wishing to attend in person are asked to RSVP. The Center, located in Washington D.C., is an educational outreach by Hillsdale College with the purpose of teaching principles and practices of American constitutionalism. The monthly lectures have continued since 2008.