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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1497456045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1497456044
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brad McQueen is a public school teacher in Tucson, Arizona with 10 years classroom experience. Brad was asked by his state department of education to work with the Common Core groups reviewing its national test. When he saw the truth behind the talking points of the Common Core, Brad became the Common Core's vocal opponent. Brad is a writer and advocate for state sovereignty over education and parental rights over their children's minds.

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Brad McQueen was born in Maryland, just outside Washington D.C., and earned his BA in political science from the University of Florida,aligning with his love of current events and all things political.

After years of pursuing his wanderlust, and after one fortuitous day where he pulled off the freeway into Tucson, Arizona, Brad inhaled the desert aroma and at last heard the whisper "Welcome home."

Unbeknownst to Brad, his calling as a teacher awaited him in Tucson. He received his M.Ed. in Education from the University of Arizona and began teaching 5th grade 10 years ago.

When the Cult of Common Core came knocking, Brad discovered yet another surprise calling, writing. Writing commentaries in local papers in opposition to the federal takeover of education, known as Common Core, gave him the confidence to, at long last, just sit and begin writing. The book, The Cult of Common Core, is the result.

Brad looks forward to when public events are such that he can write his follow-up book, The Death of a Leviathan: How America Stormed the Castle Gates to Kill the Common Core Beast. Until then, Brad can be seen lounging at various Starbucks around Tucson with his faithful companion of 12 years, Cosmo, a yellow Labrador retriever and the best person he has ever known.

Connect with Brad by email at cultofcommoncore@gmail.com, on Twitter @cultcommoncore, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cultofcommoncore

Customer Reviews

I recommend everyone with a child in school read this book.
Bernard Gogel
I was so inspired by how well the author took all the bits and pieces of research ( most of which I had already discovered) and put them together so cohesively.
Nancy G Fogle
This book exposes the true agenda behind the Common Core system of "education".
Margaret P. Rudolf

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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 8, 2014
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I purchased The Cult of Common Core this morning and read the first couple of chapters. I had to read a few passages out loud to my husband because they were so damning of the Common Core Standards.

I have carefully followed this story for the past couple years and have written quite a bit about it on my blog.
[...]

This week in the media I sense a real terror brewing as various states are being pummeled by anti common core activists in their locales. Here in Utah the teachers have been threatened with huge fines if they attempt to disclose any details about the testing that is currently underway. And students across the country are also being threatened with huge fines if they disclose to anyone what was on the test. The increasing panic behind the threats makes me certain that the average American would be revolted if they knew what was on those tests. Brads disclosure in chapter one of his book that the test is not set up to assess student knowledge so much as to flag which teachers are problematic to the system makes it obvious that a brainwashing of the American School Child is underway in our country.

In chapter one he shares details about the three days he spent in Chicago in March of 2013 after being asked by the Arizona Department of Education to fly out and work on the PARCC test.

"After the first of three days working on the Common Core test things just did not seem right.

...My Common Core handlers' demeanor caused me to become suspicious that there was something else going on and things were not quite as they seemed.

...In answer to questions I had about a student writing sample, my Common Core handler blurted out, "We don't ever care what the kids opinions are.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Deitrick Price on May 8, 2014
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Brad McQueen, a school teacher in Arizona, was sufficiently well-behaved to be invited to work on the Common Core assessments in Chicago. That's how he came to know the beast from the inside.

Little by little, he heard parents complaining about the burden of Common Core, the irrational homework, the frustration of the kids, the pathetic fact that children were not learning more math but less math. He saw that the main opposition to Common Core was coming from ordinary parents, especially the mothers. Their example inspired him to join their cause.

Once radicalized, McQueen started making speeches and working on a book, recently published with the title "The Cult of Common Core: Obama's Final Solution for Your Child's Mind and Our Country's Exceptionalism."

McQueen is unapologetically hostile to this hostile takeover of American education. He is optimistic that the Cult can be defeated.

There are 75 pages of text and 25 pages of key names and groups (i.e., the guilty). In short, the book contains everything you need to understand why Common Core is bad and should be entirely repealed, and how we can accomplish that.

I would recommend that everyone who is fighting Common Core buy a few extra copies and pass them around. I've been writing articles against Common Core for five years. Every time I think I know how bad it really is, I learn some more horror stories, as I did in this book.

McQueen writes boldly and bravely. Here are a few quotes I particularly like:

"America is one of the most racially and religiously diverse nations in the world.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By RHesselink on April 3, 2014
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Join Brad as he journeys to Chicago as a Common Core insider, discovers the truth, and becomes a vociferous opponent to the Common Core! With a sense of humor, Brad gives an overview of all the players who stand to benefit from the Common Core - from the Progressive Ideologues to the Profiteers. And informs those who stand to loose (parents, children) what is at stake. An easy read - even to those new to the subject, with an extensive Bibliography with links and sources for further research.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Douglas L on March 25, 2014
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Excellent book, exposing Common Core facts that the media and government will never tell you.

I only heard the talking points from Common Core proponents, and it still made no sense to me. This book breaks down Common Core to - Who, When, What, and Why.

If you are on the fence about Common Core, you won't be after reading this book.

For many, ignorance is Bliss . If you care about your kids future and the future of America, refuse to be blissfully ignorant. Read this book and arm yourself with the information necessary to confront the Common Core brown shirts.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Nancy G Fogle on April 21, 2014
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This book puts all the pieces together. It is the complete picture of the making of Common Core and why it must be stopped. I was so inspired by how well the author took all the bits and pieces of research ( most of which I had already discovered) and put them together so cohesively. As a retired teacher, I can testify to many of his experiences in this book. I plan to buy several copies and hand them to my local school board.
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