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Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education

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#1 bestselling author and popular radio and television host Glenn Beck considers the hot-button issue of education in the US, exposing the weaknesses of the Common Core school curriculum and examining why liberal solutions fail.

Public education is never mentioned in the constitution. Why? Because our founders knew that it was an issue for state and local governments—not th
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David
Jun 05, 2014 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Here is my short review.

As a teacher, I am not at all a fan of Common Core, and Glenn Beck is a first-class, grade A jerk, who uses demagoguery and distortion to create animosity among those of us who are too lazy to find out what is really going on.

Here is my detailed review.

I am a teacher. I am working with Common Core Standards and trying to teach students the best I can. Beck's presentation of Common Core is that classrooms are striving to meet Common Core Standards. This is ridiculous. Ever
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Christie Litchfield
I honestly don't know where to start. The title of the book led me to believe that common core would be examined, but little of the book was actually devoted to this topic. As a public school teacher, I do feel that there has been too much " Control" coming down from the federal government, yet I would be equally as concerned for someone with the ideas that Beck does having control as well. The book really seems to paint a us verses them mentality which has been the problem in education for quit ...more
Roger Miller
Jun 28, 2014 Roger Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you wish to understand the political struggle of our country, this is a must read. This book rightly points out it is all about a struggle for control between the controlists and freedom lovers.
This book is all about reforming our current educational system, pointing to the progressive movement solution is a top down approach and traditionalist see the solution is a restoration of the home and local control as key to overcoming are downward spiral in the education of the youth of America. A w
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Amy
Jun 13, 2014 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Glenn Beck but I was a little disappointed that this book didn't mention specific ideas of things to do to get rid of Common Core. For me, I've done my research on the Government take over of our schools and Common Core so most of the information wasn't new news to me. My children have had several amazing, influential teachers and I feel our problems stem more from the way teachers are educated rather than the teachers themselves.

Although it wasn't a waste of my time to read this
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Jack Hansen
The controversy surrounding Common Core is the subject that Glenn Beck tackles in Conform: Exposing the Truth About Schools. Control of the American school system that is driven by unions rather than children is at the heart of the controversy. Glenn explains the history and rationale behind Common Core, a set of universal standards to improve the delivery of a curriculum that each state may tweak to meet its particular needs. This homogenization sounds like a simplification, and therefore, a ne ...more
Kimball
I've heard of Glenn Beck a lot but have never listened to what he had to say. I enjoyed some of his thoughts, although he can be pretty extreme and has a tendency to state his opinion as truth a little too much.

I liked what he had to say about the Teacher's Unions and the dumb coveted tenure that they shoot for. Teaching should be more focused on talent. But I don't think it's as bad as he says. A bad teacher isn't the end of the world and appears worse than it actually is. I did think it was r
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Sara Campbell
Aug 25, 2014 Sara Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book that presents the facts and truth behind education in the past several decades. Bottom line, education is not about the students anymore. It's about the unions, selfish/incompetent teachers, and the overall government making money. This book made me regret becoming a teacher since I'll likely never see any of this change in my lifetime. It is time to take that control back from the government fat-cats and make education about the children again!
John
Jun 28, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though not very in-depth, CONFORM is a thought-provoking read on the state of public education in the U.S. I sympathize with a lot of Beck's arguments, especially since I worked for several years in an academic environment where teachers were paid the same regardless of effort and/or outcomes. That was frustrating. I've also witnessed firsthand that having a degree in education does not make you a competent teacher.
Also, being homeschooled has taught me that children don't need Big Brother to ge
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Nancy
Jun 27, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not a fan of Mr. Beck's. In fact, the only reason I can think of to listen to his show is that it's a great way to practice identifying logical fallacies. Nonetheless, there is a lot of good in this book. It's written in a fairly dumbed-down manner, with lots of short, superficial chapters and a fair dose of the expected non-arguments. On the plus side, much of what Beck has to say actually makes sense and he backs up many of his points with fairly thorough documentation and even end notes. ...more
Alexandra Nestor
May 08, 2014 Alexandra Nestor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative. I'm glad Common Core wasn't in place when I was in school and I hope it's gone before I have children.
Gary Sedivy
Oct 10, 2014 Gary Sedivy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well researched book on the state of education in the U. S. Centralized control (D. C.) and standardized testing, coupled with teacher's unions are an evil brew. Students are not being well served. Unfortunately the news media is not putting any pressure on the powers in control. For example, in Oregon, (this not in the book) student performance and graduation rates are slouching downward year after year, yet we get glowing reports of the massive successes I our school system. "Everything is Awe ...more
William Lawrence
Mar 20, 2015 William Lawrence rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education
Beck is right that conformity is hurting schools, but he’s got the cause of it all wrong. Two chapters into the book and you realize the whole book is just an offensive attack on unions, with very little substance all all concerning the Common Core. He didn’t write this book because he cares about education and students, he wrote this because he’s trying to chip away at a Democratic stronghold donor. More politics. What a shame.

With nearly twenty years in education, I gave this book a chance bec
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Samantha Shank
Sep 29, 2014 Samantha Shank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, political
CONFORM by Glenn Beck really does what the education industry what Food Inc. did for the food industry – completely exposes everything. It definitely is eye-opening, and is packed with a lot of helpful information dealing with everything from teacher unions, Michelle Obama’s school lunches, the new sex ed in schools, and of course, Common Core. Beck brought up a lot of great points and got me thinking about a lot of topics.

The beginning opens up with teacher unions; how they discourage good teac
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Corey A. Jones
Jan 16, 2015 Corey A. Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for all teachers, administrators, and concerned parents.

This book throws a lot of data at you but you don't have to have a degree in statistics to understand it. Glenn does a great job at explaining where the incentives are in education and what the stakeholders really care about-control and power. Common core is discussed at length and it is clearly laid out why it is a horrible plan for America. If all schools are teaching the same things in the exact same way, how will innovative
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Serity
Jun 17, 2014 Serity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow. This was really eye-opening. No, it's not about conspiracy theories. ;) Beck shows the flaws in the public school system and a reasonable, common sense way to fix the flaws. He also gives information and ways that regular people can help to change and alternative schooling options (which, as a parent of young children, I totally appreciated). I feel armed with the knowledge I need to help my children get the best education for them.
Ali
Jul 29, 2014 Ali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A random mish mosh list of topics that Beck chooses to expand on, few of which have anything to do with the common core. I agree with him on several issues, but as someone working inside the public school system I find it hard to read the book through. He is so cold and insensitive toward burned out teachers, toward those who feel they have earned their tenure, and teachers unions. Who did he think was going to read this book anyway? Parents? In addition, he has some good points about children i ...more
Julia Nixon
Jan 20, 2015 Julia Nixon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a difficult book to read in light of what our young people are being taught in our schools. Although I left the classroom a few years ago, I have no difficulty believing this information because I was always getting in trouble with the administration since conforming is not my nature. The more I expected of the students and the more information and skills I taught, the more I got into trouble with parents and administrators. We were supposed to be teaching critical thinking, but my conte ...more
Laurie
Jul 30, 2014 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will admit to ordering this book on accident, but what a happy accident. My husband and I truly felt we were ahead of the curve on the Common Core, to the point that we have purchased Homeschool curriculum and sacrificed my income. Still, Glenn puts very difficult concepts in easy-to-understand context and blows your mind with detailed, factual information. Every parent should read this book before even considering sending their child back to a brick and mortar school this school year! Thanks, ...more
Joseph
Feb 01, 2015 Joseph rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am in the process of getting a teaching degree. I try to read whatever I can to keep informed about education trends and effective techniques so that I will be the best teacher that I can be. I also read books that I know that I will disagree with out of principle, because people that disagree with me can have good ideas.

Alas, this book is very disappointing. Many of the conclusions that Glen Beck and Kyle Olson achieve are not directly reflective of the facts that he presents. There are straw
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Shannon
I was very interested in reading this book to try and get a better understanding of what exactly is the common core curriculum. The first half of the book discusses the general problems with education (teacher tenure, teacher unions, school boards etc) and how detrimental those are to the quality of education that is provided. Being a former school teacher, and having lots of family members who work in school administration, I have to agree with Glen Beck on his assessments there. Tenure, unions ...more
Heather
Jun 23, 2015 Heather rated it it was ok
I hate it when I agree with the underlying principles of a book but disagree with the book because of its weak argumentation. This book is vitriolic, not winsome, written for those who already have a vendetta against "the Left" and want cheap fuel for the fire. I knew this was probably what I could expect from Glenn Beck, but I gritted my teeth and pushed through because I hoped to glean some information on Common Core. Good luck with that. Despite the subtitle, only about 20% of the book dealt ...more
Matt Randall
Aug 31, 2014 Matt Randall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started this book, I thought it was going to only cover common core and the different effects this was having across the US. However, this book turned out to be more of a comprehensive look at the education system in the United States. This is one of those books you need to take with a grain of salt. Glenn Beck comes from a standpoint where government intervention is generally bad. Now I side with many of his conclusions, but you have to dig a little too because there is a lot of po ...more
Julie King
Aug 10, 2015 Julie King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not a fan of Glenn Beck and was hesitant to read this book when I could imagine what his slant was going to be. But the first few chapters completely hooked me. As a parent of 4 school-aged children, I have been highly involved in my local schools and have heard these statements that only education "experts" can comment about what is happening in the classroom and the vilification of parents. Anyone who questions anything is labeled anti-teacher. The data collection that is occurring is out ...more
Patrick
This book is sometimes annoying, sometimes redundant, and always heavy with anecdotes, but it is also brave and important. Glenn Beck and Kyle Olson have written a comprehensive, carefully-researched indictment of federally-mandated "Common Core" educational standards and the assumptions behind them. While some critics inevitably try to dismiss Beck as a shill for the Republican party, it's not just the current bureaucracies that draw fire from Beck and his co-author -- they take a dim view of p ...more
Todd Haines
Jul 30, 2014 Todd Haines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have alot of highlights in the book. This isn't always on topic but I would say I am 75% on board with him on this. I disagree with teacher evaluations because I don't think you can eliminate enough of the variables in kids education to evaluate teachers properly. Is it the student not careing or the teacher doing a bad job??? I think we could watch a teacher and know that answer, but its tough to "measure." I dont think public unions are of value at all (and I am a State Employee; who would I ...more
Brady
Jul 16, 2014 Brady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While in high school, all of us wondered how our health and driver's safety teacher was still teaching after his third DUI (talk about irony). The answer: the teacher's union. The author goes into great detail about how teacher's unions do more harm than good for students, and this matches up with what I've experienced in my own life.

For those of us who are products of public school, teacher's unions and other topics in this book are unsettling. Glenn Beck paints a picture of the battle for con
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Hiknbean
Somewhat preachy, but an interesting read. Confirms my position that we need to get rid of the Department of Education and allow the states control over their academic institutions.
Stephen
Aug 02, 2014 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am shocked at what I read about the changes being made in our system of education.

This may be America, but it's not my father's America.

Who shall we become?
Samantha
Jul 14, 2014 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who is "awake".
Absolutely the most informative book on the government schools & current down fall. It's not the authors opinion, Beck & co-author have done the research. Everything you need to see the proof for yourself is documented throughout & in the back of the book, pages & pages of research. Shocking things are revealed about the teachers unions & how our kids, your child(ren) is/are paying the ultimate price. This is not a book that separates the reader into a political box, the book ...more
Garret Rose
Jun 19, 2016 Garret Rose rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-june-2014
While there are a few areas of agreement, Beck uses platitudes and isolated incidents to use incredibly broad strokes about public education. In one chapter he suggests that the goal of Common Core is to replace Shakespeare with EPA documents. This is not even the most absurd comment in the book. As a teacher reading this, he constantly uses the term that he isn't teacher bashing, but then proceeds to do so several times. Instead of engaging an argumentative and insightful book, this attempt at ...more
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