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Gaming, Ethics, and the Role of Teachers

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 07.28.2015 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

As the coach of one of the country's largest middle school speech and debate teams, I come across various moments that one should define as "unethical," but that somehow continue to occur in many competitive events.

Facebook Group Leaks Images Of New York's Common Core Test

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

Members of a Facebook group called “Education is a journey, not a race -- USA” leaked pictures of a New York state English Language Arts exam on W...

Rebecca Klein

Students Around The Country Are Opting Out Of Tests, Even If State Law Doesn't Allow It

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics

In New Mexico this past week, over 2,000 students from Albuquerque Public Schools opted not to participate in standardized testing, after voicing thei...

The Core Problem: A College Student's Perspective on The Common Core Testing

Courtney Michelle Johnson | Posted 04.05.2015 | College
Courtney Michelle Johnson

As a college student, I know firsthand that any form of standardized testing is an inaccurate form of measuring one's performance in a higher-education setting, because the learning style and environment is so drastically different from that of any K-12 institution.

GOP Governor Calls Out Republicans Who Oppose Common Core

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday criticized Republicans who have attacked Common Core education standards and said that their opposit...

Duncan's Scapegoat Ate His Homework

Michael Beyer | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

If the theory of action behind NCLB is that better education will lead to less disparity, the data suggest this theory is dead wrong.

A College Completion Idea That's So Simple. Why Aren't We Doing It?

Brad C. Phillips | Posted 01.31.2015 | Education
Brad C. Phillips

This week's White House "College Opportunity" summit will focus on an overlooked area with enormous potential for student success: K-12 and higher education working together to improve college completion. It sounds so simple and obvious. In fact many assume it's already happening.

The Common Core Standards: A Matter of One Nation

David Scott Clegg | Posted 01.01.2015 | Education
David Scott Clegg

'We the people... in order to form a more perfect union...' There have been statements made throughout the history of the United States of America...

A Revelation Regarding the Common Core Sale: Evidence Is Needed

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 12.28.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Know who wins in the absence of empirical evidence to support a standards-to-promised-CCSS-results connection given that the nation is now in the middle of the CCSS mud?

Let's Get Real About Math Word Problems

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 12.01.2014 | Education
Dr. Keith Devlin

OK, here is a math word problem for you: How many different ways can you arrange five keys on a circular ring?

Wait, Tell Me Again What Common Core Is?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

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Do You Really Know What the Common Core Is?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 10.01.2014 | Education
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Having written curricula and lesson plans geared to the high school level Common Core Standards, I just don't see what all the hub bub's about.

Common Core and Esperanto

Peter Greene | Posted 09.27.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

It's seductive to think that we could come up with a neat, efficient, one-size-fits-all education system that would be orderly and clean, and we just get everyone to use it exactly the same way.

Joy Resmovits

Why Bobby Jindal Is Being Sued By His Allies

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) spent Tuesday fending off a legal attack from his allies. Two years ago, Jindal visited a charter school operated ...

Republican Governors Skirt 'Radioactive' Common Core Standards

AP | By ERIK SCHELZIG and STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Reviled by staunch conservatives, the common education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are...

Myth of the Month: Common Core Is Dumbing Down Education for the College-Bound

Linda Rosen | Posted 09.06.2014 | Education
Linda Rosen

CCSS lays the groundwork for students to gain the foundational knowledge that they need to succeed after graduation.

In Defense of Teaching Poetry

Stephen Chiger | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Stephen Chiger

If children tell you that they do not like poetry, the first question you should ask is whether they have ever been taught how to read it.

Major Education Leaders Express Support For The Common Core

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 06.10.2014 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher education leaders in 33 states on Tuesday announced the formation of a coalition in support of Common Core education standa...

The Tea Party and the Common Core: Right Answer, Wrong Reason

Victor Dorff | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Victor Dorff

Ultimately, Common Core may provide the right course correction for U.S. education, but the devil is in the transition. Rather than focus first on modifying classroom instruction, we have allowed the testing industry to lead the charge of implementing the new ideas.

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.

Common Core -- Not One Size Fits All

Peter Greene | Posted 07.21.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Education under a CCSS regime is not "one size fits all." It's "all must fit one size." It's not "We'll try this on for size and if it doesn't fit, it sucks to be you." It's "You must fit this, or there will be consequences. You will be punished for not fitting what we made for you."

It's Time for a New Accountability in American Education

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Voices across the country are raising concerns about the new Common Core State Standards. But if you listen carefully to the conversations, the main concern is not about the standards, themselves, but about the consequences of high-stakes tests attached to the standards. And those concerns are well-placed.

Are Common Core Standards Actually Data Tags?

Peter Greene | Posted 07.18.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Decoupling? Not going to happen. You can't have a data system without tagging, and you can't have a tagging system with nothing to tag. Education and teaching are just collateral damage in all this, and not really the main thing at all.

The Decline of Public Education

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 07.15.2014 | Education
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

"Teaching to the test" is a monumental miscalculation reminiscent of the bleeding practiced by doctors in previous centuries. Coercing thousands of students to focus all of their attention on achieving good scores on a few "core" subjects does not make them smarter, even if they do score better on tests.

Common Core Learning Standards: A Failing System?

Dorit Sasson | Posted 07.08.2014 | Education
Dorit Sasson

Teachers continue to feel resentment due to the fact that the CCSS was essentially thrown at them without consulting with them first being that they know what works and what doesn't in their classrooms.