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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.

Common Core: 2014 a Pivotal Year for Needed Reform

Mashea Ashton | Posted 02.03.2014 | College
Mashea Ashton

Common Core is forcing us to realize that education reform isn't just needed to transform our urban schools -- it's desperately needed across the United States.

Defining Outcomes in Arts Education

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Bruce E. Whitacre

Arts skills are for everyone, not just the future actors and directors and stage carpenters of America. For many children, the only opportunity for this experience is in school.

How Teens Choose Their Friends

Kenneth Frank | Posted 02.01.2014 | College
Kenneth Frank

My colleagues Chandra Muller and Anna S. Mueller and I recently found that teens are especially likely to find new friends based on their academic courses -- a finding that has both sociological and academic implications.

Coddling, Competition and the Common Core

Wendy S. Grolnick | Posted 02.01.2014 | Education
Wendy S. Grolnick

Parents feel that they are pawns in a race to outperform other countries. Parents don't care about how their kids are faring in relation to Finland or South Korea. They care about the education and well-being of their children.

Meet The Education Standards At The Center Of A Tea Party Firestorm

AP | By PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) — Remembering the plot of a short story is no longer good enough in teacher Amy Lawson's fifth-grade classroom. ...

Common Core Is Common Sense, Not a Government Takeover

JoshAnderson | Posted 01.27.2014 | Education

Those who like Common Core aren't interested in the big government debate and would rather focus on why it's good for kids. Those who oppose Common Core seem to say very little about whether it's good for kids and would rather focus on the big government debate.

Coddling, Competition, and the Common Core

Wendy S. Grolnick and Kathy Seal | Posted 01.27.2014 | Education
Wendy S. Grolnick and Kathy Seal

We need to change the rhetoric.

STEM Sells: Getting the Female Perspective on Math

John K. Herr | Posted 01.27.2014 | Comedy
John K. Herr

Testing must be made relevant to the everyday lives of teen and 'tween girls. What are their actual dreams and aspirations? Let's take a cue from GoldieBlox and design math tests "from the female perspective."

What If Kids Did the Darndest Things?

Matt Murrie | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Matt Murrie

"We beat out the ability of our children to dream."

Reading Without Understanding -- Common Core Versus Abraham Lincoln

Alan Singer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

When Common Core ignores the context behind the Gettysburg Address, it does students, Americans, and Abraham Lincoln a great disservice.

What Arne Duncan Can Learn From Texas Moms

Jason Stanford | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Jason Stanford

It's not every day that Democrats and Republicans get to shake their fist in the same direction. That honor goes to Education Sec. Arne Duncan whose insult against "white, suburban moms" has sparked outrage from the tea party to teachers unions.

A Letter to Arne Duncan From A 'White Suburban Mom'

Shannon Styles | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Shannon Styles

Mr. Duncan, who cares if it's white suburban moms who oppose the new Common Core standards? Who cares if it's moms from the city, rural areas, or stay at home dads? The point is, people are unhappy and part of your job is to listen. Clearly, you're not.

Why Arne Duncan Is Wrong About This White Suburban Mom's Objections to Common Core

Cameron Blazer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Cameron Blazer

There is nothing wrong with coming to an agreement as a country that certain skills and knowledge are canonical, core experiences that all of us should share. The problem with the Common Core is that the conversation and its terms have been shared among the fewest of people.

Lessons We Can Learn From White Suburban Moms and the Common Core

Elaine Weiss | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

This incident has offered an important opportunity to assess the nuanced realities of what test scores can, and cannot, tell us about schools, and whose voices are, and are not, being heard. If Secretary Duncan takes it as such, future efforts to improve education will likely be more successful.