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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.

Deconstructing The New SAT

Jed Applerouth | Posted 06.29.2014 | Education
Jed Applerouth

If admissions officers do not see the value in a test that is better aligned with the Common Core and continue to assign equal weight to both tests, the new SAT will be in a precarious position as students migrate in droves to the ACT.

No Place for Poetry on My Son's Common Core ELA Test

Cynthia Wachtell | Posted 06.28.2014 | Education
Cynthia Wachtell

Ever since Beowulf, poetry has been critical to the development of the English language. We are now seeing a form of literary expression disappear without any discussion of whether it has a role to play in modern education.

Indiana Approves New Standards - More of the Same?

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence stole the national Common Core spotlight when he publicly denounced the standards last month and withdrew Indiana from the...

The Common Core

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 06.16.2014 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

There are a LOT of great teachers and administrators who really care about the education of our children. I believe that if we asked those teachers how to improve education, we would get very good answers

Three Reasons Students Should Opt Out Of Standardized Tests -- And Three Reasons They Shouldn't

| Sarah Garland | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents

Now that spring is finally here, kids cooped up during this particularly brutal winter might be looking forward to enjoying some sunshine. Many will h...

The High-Profile People Who Are Doubling Down on the Common Core

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

They can purchase publicity. They can offer talking points. But they cannot back their diehard delivery with evidence that the Common Core does anything other than divest American public education of its democratically-protected autonomy.

The Fatal Flaw of the Common Core Standards

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.24.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

Across the nation, parents and educators are raising objections to the Common Core standards, and many states are reconsidering whether to abandon them and the federally-funded tests that accompany them.

Joy Resmovits

Bill Gates Accuses Common Core Critics Of Trying To Send U.S. Back In Time | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

Bill Gates is rallying teachers to support an embattled cause, the Common Core State Standards. At a speech Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C., t...

Bill Gates: Another Company With Connections Makes Millions While Schools Go Without

David Lyell | Posted 05.13.2014 | Education
David Lyell

What our schools don't need is more bureaucracy from outside interests. The children of millionaires and billionaires attend private schools with small class sizes and fully staffed campuses. Why is it that what's good enough for the children of millionaires and billionaires isn't good enough for all students?

Tea Partier Actually Thinks The Common Core Will Destroy 'Traditional' America

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

We weren’t aware that the Common Core State Standards had anything to with homosexuality or religion, but Alabama Tea Party leader Dr. Terry Bratton...

Common Core Standards and PSATs and SATs -- Oh, My!

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 05.04.2014 | Education
Laura Rossi Totten

When I heard that a blogger wrote the new book The Perfect Score Project, I thought that maybe -- just maybe -- Debbie Stier can save one child from the miserable test taking experiences I endured during my childhood education.

This Is How Teachers Really Feel About The Common Core

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

Teachers are not shying away from the challenges of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). A Scholastic and Bill & Melinda Gates Fou...

Majority Of Americans Don't Know What The Common Core Is ..

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

A major change is coming to a majority of public schools throughout the country, and most Americans have no idea what it is. A survey released toda...

What The Common Core Actually Looks Like In Everyday Classrooms

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.13.2014 | Parents

Reactions to the Common Core Standards -- a new set of education benchmarks that have been adopted in 45 states -- have been varied, polarized and pol...

This Private School Does Not Use The Common Core And Wants You To Know It

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics

One upstate New York private school is trying to use public opposition to the Common Core to its advantage. The Common Core State Standards are ne...

Rebecca Klein

Surprise, Surprise: Tea Party Is Spreading Lies About The Common Core | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

The tea party's war against the Common Core State Standards escalated this week in the form of survey results supposedly attesting to the standards' e...

Would You Like Fries With Your iPad?

David Lyell | Posted 03.23.2014 | Education
David Lyell

I know board members care deeply about public education. But as recently deceased board member Ms. Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte said about students, and I think you could apply this to the board's relationship with the public: "They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

Teaching and Learning Over Testing

Randi Weingarten | Posted 03.12.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Will the powers-that-be continue to be more concerned with creating a testing and data system that ranks and sorts schools and educators, in the quest for the perfect industrial algorithm to judge teachers, students and schools? Or will they look at the evidence and join educators, students and parents in fighting to reclaim the promise of public education?

Joy Resmovits

How The Common Core Became Education's Biggest Bogeyman | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

Shortly before Thanksgiving, Arne Duncan made a glib remark about the Common Core that quickly blew up. Speaking before a gathering of state school...

We Need Young People to Become Teachers

Randy Turner | Posted 03.05.2014 | Education
Randy Turner

It is nothing short of a miracle that we still have so many excellent teachers in our schools. I want young people to become classroom teachers. The first step toward making that a reality is to let teachers know they are wanted and valued.

What One Urban School District Can Teach the Country About Stress Relief

Linda Esposito, LCSW | Posted 03.04.2014 | Education
Linda Esposito, LCSW

While there's no silver bullet, San Francisco Unified boasts a unique approach to tackling the biggest threat to student achievement: stress.The Transcendental Meditation technique is simple, and easy to learn and implement.

'No Child Left Behind' or 'No Child Left Untested'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Of course, gaining the knowledge and skills to land a good job is important and valuable for the individual and for our society. However, somewhere along the way, we have diminished in many of our students the joy of learning for learning's sake, the ability to think creatively and critically.