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Nicholas Tampio teaches political theory at Fordham University. He earned his PhD from Johns Hopkins University and has taught at the University of Virginia, George Mason University, and Hamilton College. Tampio is the author of Deleuze's Political Vision and Kantian Courage as well as articles in top journals such as Political Theory, Politics and Religion, and Theory & Event.

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The False Promise of Core Knowledge

(11) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 5:20 PM

When I was in second grade, my friend Rebecca and I used to read books together. We would peruse classics such as C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia series, Charles Dickens's novels, and Paul de Kruif's Microbe Hunters, a history of the scientists who discovered vaccines. Rebecca and I were both...

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The End of EPGY--Or, One Fewer Common Core Escape Route

(7) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 1:13 PM

A few years ago, the students at the local elementary school took an exam for admission to EPGY, a math enrichment program run by Stanford University. Our son earned admission and has subsequently worked independently on online math assignments and met monthly with other students in the program....

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Why Zephyr Teachout Should Triumph

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 6:32 PM

For the past few months, New Yorkers have had the privilege of watching gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout meet with civic groups around the state, dance in parades, give brilliant interviews, and write insightful op-eds. But the reason that she should triumph in the Democratic primary on September 9 is that...

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Smoke, Mirrors, and the Common Core

(29) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 10:24 PM

All across the country, politicians are looking for ways to get parents to stop protesting the Common Core. One strategy, in states such as Arizona, Florida, and Pennsylvania, is to rebrand the controversial educational standards. Another strategy is to pass legislation that gives the appearance of change but...

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The Regents Aren't Listening to Parents About the Common Core

(9) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 9:04 AM

A friend recently posted on her Facebook page an article that New York was about to delay full implementation of the Common Core until 2022. Another parent, who shares my concern for what the Common Core is doing to our school district, wrote me an email saying: "We...

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Why Are Parents Revolting Against the Common Core? Start With the English Curriculum

(35) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 10:09 AM

My wife and I recently attended a coffee klatch to discuss the Common Core with our state senator. A teacher stood up and said, with a tremble in her voice and a tear in her eye:

"If parents knew what the Common Core is doing to the classroom, there...

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The Problem With the Common Core Math Standards

(36) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 8:00 PM

In this essay, I argue that the Common Core literature tries to intimidate opposition, in part, by using pretentious language. To support this claim, I cite math standards as well as the literature explaining them. To paraphrase George Orwell, words like commutativity and associativity give a scientific air to dubious...

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Ravitch to the Rescue

(5) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 6:06 PM

I have on my desk a second grade homework assignment. It tells the story of a seagull and her mother. When the weather becomes cold, the seagulls fly to Florida. A question at the end of the assignment asks why the seagulls fly south in the winter. The correct answer...

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The Common Core and National Security

(8) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 4:11 PM

When did you first learn that pressure cookers could be used as bombs? One possibility is that you study military conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan and knew, before April 15, 2013, that insurgents use them to make IEDs. But it is much more likely that you, like most other Americans,...

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How to Interpret America's Report Card

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 4:24 PM

Last week, First Focus, a bipartisan advocacy organization, released a report on the condition of children in the United States. America's Report Card 2012 presents data about how many, and what percentage of, U.S. children live in poverty, face food insecurity, lack stable housing, and so forth.

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How to Stop Religious Warfare

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 2:14 PM

In the past few weeks, militants have tried to spark religious warfare around the world. In the United States, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a Coptic Christian, made and posted on YouTube a crude video mocking the Prophet Muhammad. In Libya, Muhammad Jamal Abu Ahmad, an Egyptian national...

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Do We Need a Common Core?

(8) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 6:14 PM

A few years ago, my wife and I walked into a kindergarten classroom where the teacher and a Japanese mother were teaching the kids to fold origami birds. We were impressed to see the children learning about another culture, concentrating for a sustained period of time, developing fine motor skills,...

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