The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce that Resident Fellow Dr. Mary Grabar will participate in a public debate “The Common Core: Is It Good for Students and Teachers?” The event is open to the public and will take place Thursday, October 15, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Palace Theater, Hamilton, NY.

Common Core refers to government initiatives to create national educational standards for students in grades K-12.  These initiatives have raised parental concerns on a wide variety of issues such as curricular content and federal control of local schools.  Before coming to the AHI, Dr. Grabar taught college English for more than twenty years, most recently at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. She founded the Dissident Prof Education Project, Inc., an education reform initiative that offers information and resources for students, parents, and citizens. The motto, “Resisting the Re-Education of America,” arose in part from her perspective as an immigrant from the former Communist Yugoslavia.  She has published widely on educational issues, including on Common Core, especially for the Selous Foundation in Washington, D.C.

The town-hall style debate will feature five panelists. Each will present their assessments of the Common Core program and respond to questions from the audience as well as from the panelists. In addition to Dr. Grabar, John Palmer, Associate Professor of Education, Colgate University; Jennifer McDowell, teacher, Norwich High School and author of a master’s thesis on the Common Core; Gary Weeks, English teacher, Sherburne-Earlville School (retired); and Sue Lehmann, mathematics teacher, Hamilton Central School, will serve as panelists.

AHI Senior Fellow Robert Kraynak, Professor of Government at Colgate University and director of Colgate’s Center for Freedom and Western Civilization, organized the event.  For further information, please contact Dr. Kraynak at