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Jason Endacott
Jason Endacott is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He received his Ph.D. (2007) and M.S. (2001) in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and his B.S. (1998) in Elementary Education from Kansas State University. Prior to his appointment at the University of Arkansas, he served as an Assistant Professor of Secondary Education and Social Science at Keene State College in Keene, N.H., from 2007 to 2011. Before beginning his career in higher education, Dr. Endacott taught middle school social studies at New Mark Middle School in the North Kansas City, Mo., district.

Entries by Jason Endacott

Is the Illusion of Equity a Civil Right?

(14) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 10:32 PM

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently gave an interview in which he stated that the federal government "would have an obligation to step in" if states fail to crack down on the parents like me who make the choice to opt their children out of standardized tests. He...

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A Month of Opting Out of Standardized Tests: Week 1

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 4:31 PM

I get a lot of questions about education from friends, family, friends of family, family of friends and random people on the interwebs.  One of the most difficult questions I get is "Why did you choose to opt your kids out of standardized tests?".  This question isn't difficult because I...

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Beware of Vague CCSS Political Hype

(13) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 2:40 PM

I recently read a curious piece written by former politician and current Wall Street executive Harold Ford Jr. entitled "Why Voters Love the Common Core." In my opinion, Mr. Ford's post is a perfect example of why anything said by politicians and/or Wall Street executives regarding public education should be read...

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Colorado Students Are Right: Your History Is Un-American

(71) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 10:11 AM


I've been paying close attention to the events in Colorado in which students and faculty members of Jefferson County high schools have been protesting the formation of a curriculum review committee that would require students to learn a sanitized version...

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Is Teacher 'Appreciation' Enough?

(6) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 1:49 PM

It's Teacher Appreciation Week and the desks of teachers all across the country are being inundated with cards, treats, and nifty Pinterest inspired gifts. As a former classroom teacher I remember how nice it was to get some homemade cookies, a coffee mug, or other sign of appreciation...

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Reflections of Canceled Kindergarten Music Programs

(23) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 8:59 AM

If you look at the curricular history of the United States you will see that our nation's educational focus has been greatly affected by the tenor of the times. In the early 20th century we sought efficiency in learning while the nation was industrializing. We were inspired by the Great...

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Why We Chose to Opt Out

(76) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 5:01 PM

Thousands of children in our state are headed into schools today to take standardized tests mandated by the federal government under No Child Left Behind. Our fourth grade son won't be one of them.

Opting your children out of standardized tests is a very personal decision, and one that has...

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