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Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 04.16.2014 | 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 04.02.2014 | 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 03.24.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 03.13.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

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?

8 Questions About The Common Core You Should Know How To Answer

stateline | Adrienne Lu | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. If you keep hearing about the Common Core but don’t know exactly...

The Two Sides Of The Common Core Debate

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Critics are relentless in warning about what they see as the folly of the new Common Core academic standards, designed to prepare ...

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. ...

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.