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Teaching the Common Core 30 Years Ago

Vicki Cobb | Posted 08.05.2015 | Education
Vicki Cobb

The teachers didn't have to waste time filling in checklists to prove that they had met these standards because they are internalized in high-quality teaching.

Why Reading to Learn Is Seldom Taught

Vicki Cobb | Posted 07.21.2015 | Education
Vicki Cobb

A retired public elementary school principal recently told me that the rule in education used to be that grades 1-3 were about learning to read. After that, it was reading to learn. But that's not happening today with the current emphasis on ELA skills through the Common Core State Standards.

Heeding Student Voices on PARCC

Teach Plus | Posted 07.07.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

As a teacher, I find PARCC to be a better assessment; my students agreed. Perhaps it is time that all adults -- educators, parents, policy makers -- listen and do what our children are suggesting.

In Case You Don't Know What Great Teaching Looks Like

Vicki Cobb | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Vicki Cobb

I recently attended the 21st Century Children's Nonfiction Conference where the conversation encompassed all things nonfiction from writing it to publishing it to teaching it. What interested me most was what I knew least. How can gifted teachers use nonfiction in the classroom?

Is the Illusion of Equity a Civil Right?

Jason Endacott | Posted 05.12.2015 | Education
Jason Endacott

The bottom line is that "equal" and "accountable" sound great in a political speech or interview, but in reality they lead to resegregation and the disproportionate denigration of educational experiences for children who are not white.

Getting Real About Over-Testing

TNTP | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education

My two kids attend public schools, and I want them to spend as much time as possible learning from amazing teachers -- not taking tests. I also understand that tests are an important part of learning, even if nobody really loves them. I can't help my kids -- and their teachers can't help them -- if we don't know what they have or haven't learned.

How to Implement the Good Intentions of the Common Core Standards

Vicki Cobb | Posted 05.18.2015 | Education
Vicki Cobb

My friend, Dr. Myra Zarnowski, teaches education students at Queens College (CUNY) how to present nonfiction books to children. The purpose is to create teachers who can teach students to learn how to learn by reading.

Flip Flopping the Core: Live by the Sword...

Peter Greene | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Peter Greene

So CPAC happened, at which various GOP future candidates try to see if they can win a little conservative love. And that means that Common Core had to be trotted out for ceremonial abuse, like a disgraced former party officer in Communist China.

Beware of Vague Common Core Hype

Jason Endacott | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education
Jason Endacott

As voters we must be careful about believing the rhetoric of anybody who stands to gain or profit on the backs of our children. Each of us is responsible for developing a better understanding of why we support or oppose major reform initiatives such as the Common Core State Standards.

One Excellent Outcome from the Common Core

Vicki Cobb | Posted 12.22.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

The protests over the Common Core Standards have been more about the destructive effects of testing to assess how we're meeting the Standards than about the actual Standards themselves.

Education Reform and Evidence

Vicki Cobb | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

Public policy for public education is destroying it. Wholesale. That's the only conclusion I can draw from screening "Rise Above the Mark," a new documentary designed to spark a much-needed conversation about what is happening to public education.

Common Core Revisited

Vicki Cobb | Posted 11.25.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

We will never rid the system of dead-wood teachers, short-sighted administrators, and negligent parents. But there is a huge body of literature on what the best practices are and there is a wealth of high-quality instructional material out there, if only teachers had more time to find it.

How The Common Core Lost Teacher Support

Peter Greene | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The Common Core lost teacher support because so many teachers spent the year face to face with it, looking it right in its beady little eyes. They don't love it because they know it so well.

Common Sense and the Common Core

Vicki Cobb | Posted 09.09.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

The furor over the implementation and testing of the Common Core State Standards is detracting from dealing with the very basic issues involved in putting these standards to work.

Children's Nonfiction Rising

Vicki Cobb | Posted 08.31.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

Why read nonfiction? The utilitarian reasons are the ones cited most. We read to understand the fine print of contracts, how to operate the new-fangled gadget we just overpaid for, to make sure we don't get the side effects of a new medication.

A Chemistry Book Is Not a Novel

Vicki Cobb | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

The NCLB focus on literacy has had the perhaps unintended consequence of emphasizing reading and writing fiction or autobiographical material.

Welcome to Common Core Hospital

Peter Greene | Posted 08.04.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Nurse Duncan: Welcome to Common Core Hospital. How may I assist you? Chris: My name's Chris Wobble. I was just in a car accident. My arms seems to be broken in about three places.

Business Group Pledges $500,000 Campaign For Common Core -- Who Will It Really Benefit?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.30.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Someday, maybe 12 years from now, they think, all children will be college-ready, even if they live in squalor or have no home, even if they attend overcrowded classes with inexperienced teachers. Are they gullible? Or do they believe the public can be easily deceived?

Is Common Core Failure President Obama's Fault?

Peter Greene | Posted 07.27.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The state-led initiative was chugging right along, moving forward without any interference from the feds, when somehow, they decided to leap in. This is part of the current conservative CCSS support narrative. The story goes something like this.

Glenn Beck's Angry And Ignorant Book About Common Core

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.21.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

This is crazy stuff, and it makes it difficult if not impossible to have a reasonable discussion about the pros and cons of the Common Core.

So, What Good Question Have You Asked Today?

Vicki Cobb | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

It seems that the answer-driven culture in schools, which has been conditioned by endless test-prep, has rubbed off on science teachers where the content should be approached by inquiry.

The Testing Insanity and Collateral Damage

Vicki Cobb | Posted 07.04.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

For parents, the fear is that their precious child might become collateral damage in the struggle to correct this unmitigated destruction that is happening to public education.

The Answer-Driven Culture

Vicki Cobb | Posted 06.23.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

The new emphasis on high-stakes standardized exams has changed the culture of schools -- it is now overwhelmingly answer-driven. Why?

Chancellor Carmen Fariña: First 100 Days at the Helm of NYC Public Schools

Vicki Cobb | Posted 06.15.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

Carmen Fariña, Mayor DeBlasio's choice for Chancellor of the NY City Public Schools, may be small in stature but she has big dreams and a hugely ambitious agenda for the nation's largest public school system.

Good Writing Honors the Reader

Vicki Cobb | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

No matter how high the bar is set, simply stating the standards does not mean that students will perform at a higher level. The absurd weight now accorded to standardized testing is destroying public education and, I fear, a generation of learner.