Joy Pullmann: Children Are More Than Cogs in a Machine



Joy Pullmann, is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing editor of The Federalist, a web magazine on politics, policy, and culture. She is also a former managing editor of School Reform NewsIn that capacity, Pullmann interviewed and produced podcasts with many of the leading figures in school reform. Before that, she was the assistant editor forAmerican Magazine at the American Enterprise Institute.

She is also the 2013-14 recipient of a Robert Novak journalism fellowship for in-depth reporting on Common Core national education standards.

To this young mother of four, the Common Core Standards clarified the “difference between what parents and teachers want for their children and what politicians think would be the answer.” She added, “Elites tend to think about children as human capital, little products on a production line that they’re massaging to change society.”

To parents, their children are anything but common, and a natural tension has arisen between parents and education elites. Pullmann, who received a Robert Novak journalism fellowship for in-depth reporting on Common Core, explains these political elites in both parties believe “you can push this button and get this result.”

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I would encourage you to read the Pioneer Institute White Paper Joy co-authored, Cogs in the Machine.

Following are links to some of the resources Joy mentioned for parents. The book Joy mentioned, “Classical Education, A Movement Sweeping America”. To find a Classical Conversations group near you click here. If you are unable to find one in your community, consider starting a Classical Conversations group. Sarah Mackenzie’s blog, Amongst Lovely Things. Truth in American Education.

There are several Classical Conversations groups across the state of South Dakota. In Sioux Falls, the non-Common Core options I know of are, Classical Conversations, Abiding Savior Academy and Cornerstone School. If you know of others across the state, please let others know by commenting below.

Education Expert: Political Elites Only See Children As Cogs In A Machine

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