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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...

NGA 'Corporate Fellows': The Cozy Relationship Between Corporations and Education

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

For education corporations, CCSS alone is a potential cash cow: Curriculum, teacher and administrator professional development, student preparation (including tutoring and test prep), assessment writing, administration, and scoring. Envision the saliva as it dribbles down the education corporate executive chins.

The Common Core In My Classroom: A Teacher's View

Teach Plus | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Catherine Tighe As we leave our morning meeting, my kindergarten students decide which learning center they will go to. Some mumble a quick outl...

Yes, accountability matters, and it matters for students, teachers and principals

The George W. Bush Institute | Posted 03.10.2014 | Education
The George W. Bush Institute

Twelve years later, where are we? By Bill McKenzie That's the question surrounding the school accountability movement, which came to the public's at...

Life in the Emerging American Police State: What's in Store for Our Freedoms in 2014?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In Harold Ramis' classic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, TV weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) is forced to live the same day over and over ag...

The American Enterprise Institute, Common Core, and 'Good Cop'

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.07.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

If Bill Gates really wanted AEI to critically address problems associated with CCSS, it would not have paid AEI to do so two years following CCSS completion. No, no. This is no critical appraisal of CCSS. This is CCSS promotion.

WATCH: Tennessee Student Slams The Common Core In Front Of Education Board

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Months after Tennessee high school student Ethan Young gained national attention for his anti-Common Core presentation in front of the Knox County Boa...

What's Out, What's In: 2014 Education Edition

Patricia McGuire | Posted 02.28.2014 | Education
Patricia McGuire

Since "Out" and "In" lists are in favor as the calendar flips, here are my nominees for what should be "Out" and "In" in education for 2014.

Some Governors and the Common Core: 'Hot Friends Cooling'

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.26.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Hoping to advance your own political career? Better be quiet about Common Core. Amazing how a number of formerly outspoken, pro-CCSS governors have strategically opted for silence (or some other form of distance) regarding the now-highly-charged CCSS.

Total Quality Schooling

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

John Simmons tells a story about a nine year-old boy named Jesse who had some bar charts he wanted John to see. He was a student in one of Chicago's t...

Expecting More: Rigor and Excellence in Our Classrooms

Isiah Thomas | Posted 02.23.2014 | Education
Isiah Thomas

We owe it to our children and ourselves to demand higher expectations and a system where all stakeholders, from the state house to the school house are held accountable when it comes to education.

An Irresistible Invitation From Diane Ravitch

Vicki Cobb | Posted 02.21.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

I was surprised and delighted by a recent shout-out about one of my Huff Post entries by Diane Ravitch, a brilliant and tireless crusader to save public education in the face of the Common Core State Standards. Diane claims in her post that she and I disagree about the CCSS.

In Our Rush to Common Core, Let's Not Forget What Students Are Learning

Murali Balaji | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Whether the approach succeeds or fails ultimately will depend on what students learn, not just how. Having accurate and representative standards of learning at the state or local level will go a long way in determining America's public education future.

Arne Duncan's Common Core Threatens to Standardize Burnout -- Not Learning

The OpEd Project | Posted 02.16.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

Overworked, sleep-deprived burnouts -- that's the most likely result of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's vigorous promotion of Common Core standards, meant to standardize learning but, in reality, poses a serious threat to students' well-being.

Education Isn't Broken, Our Country Is

Steve Nelson | Posted 02.12.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

If we don't fix education -- politicians and pundits proclaim -- we are in for big trouble. News flash: We're already in big trouble. We don't have an education problem in America. We have a social disease.

The Common Core -- A Terrible Implementation

Marc F. Bernstein | Posted 02.14.2014 | Education
Marc F. Bernstein

The incredibly poor implementation of the new educational standards -- the Common Core -- has become a rallying cry for parents opposed to standardized testing and for teachers who question the fairness of being evaluated based upon the common core's more demanding curricula.

A New Majority for Our Schools, Our Solutions

Randi Weingarten | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

What if, instead of using international rankings to bash our students, schools and teachers, we learned from top-performing countries and applied their lessons for the benefit of all children?

Pearson Caught Cheating, Says Sorry, But Will Pay

Alan Singer | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

I do not understand why Pearson for-profit and the Pearson Foundation do not face criminal charges and why New York State will continue to do business with a foundation and a company that admitted under pressure, to have violated state law.

Google Takes One Giant Leap in Building the Connected Classroom

Mark W. Guay | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
Mark W. Guay

On top of saving field trips in lieu of budget cuts, this platform uses the social-media engine Google Plus as a medium to connect students to real people doing real life-changing work. This is more than a field trip. It's the ability to break down socio-economic barriers.

'School Reform': They Wouldn't Do This to White Kids

John Owens | Posted 02.08.2014 | Education
John Owens

That this middle/high school consisted of nothing more than a bunch of classrooms on the third floor of an old elementary school, set between a hospital and a jail, only underscored its single-minded, academic focus.

What If Common Core Had Followed the Democratic Process?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.08.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Teachers should have had decision-making power to directly shape CCSS from the outset. They did not. How would the CCSS developmental process have appeared had it followed the democratic process?

Will Michigan Students' College Dreams Come Unbalanced?

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 02.05.2014 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

This has been a big week for Michigan's future. A federal judge allowed Detroit to continue its journey into bankruptcy, a decision that has caught the attention of city pensioners, art lovers everywhere, and soon, a federal appeals court.

Here's What Is Wrong With the Common Core

Larry Strauss | Posted 02.05.2014 | Education
Larry Strauss

How do we teach creativity, innovation, collaboration, and intellectual empowerment to our students in a system that is oppressive, repressive, based on mistrust and fear?

Common Core Unrest Obvious in 17 States

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 02.03.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Proponents of the Common Core State Standards are fond of saying that it "has been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia." However, it seems that they refuse to mention the CCSS resistance that has found its way into state offices -- often resulting in formal hearings.