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Exclusive Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate Live Stream: to Broadcast Debate September 9th: Embrace the Common Core will present a free live stream of an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate that considers whether or not the Common Core improves the quality of education for students. Arguing in favor of the motion are Carmel Martin and Michael Petrilli, against are Carol Burris and Frederick Hess.

WHAT:, the leading online destination for video programs from the world’s best conferences and events, will broadcast the Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) Oxford-style debate, “Embrace the Common Core.”

In K-12 education, there is nothing more controversial than the Common Core State Standards, national academic standards in English and math. Adopted by more than 40 states, they were developed, in part, to address concerns that American students were falling behind their foreign counterparts and graduating high school without the necessary skills for college and the workforce. But is this the reform we’ve been looking for? Has the federal government overreached and saddled our schools with standards that have been flawed from the start? Or will the Common Core raise the bar and improve the quality of our children’s education?

WHEN: Tuesday, September 9th at 6:45 pm EDT

WHERE: The debate will be streamed live at The debate will be interactive with a Twitter feed following the conversation around the event. Following the live event, will offer the debate as a free on-demand program, and the full video and highlights will be available to share and embed.

In support of the motion:
Carmel Martin
Exec. VP, Center for American Progress and Fmr. Assistant Secretary of Education

Michael Petrilli
President, Fordham Institute & Co-Editor, Knowledge at the Core

Against the motion:
Carol Burris
Principal, South Side High School & Blogger, Washington Post’s “Answersheet”

Frederick Hess
Resident Scholar and Director of Educational Policy Studies, AEI

The Moderator: John Donvan is a correspondent for ABC News. In a career that spans more than two decades for ABC News, Donvan previously served as the Chief White House Correspondent, along with postings in Moscow, London, Jerusalem and Amman.

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