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Common Core Standards

Wait, Tell Me Again What Common Core Is?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 09.03.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Common Core Will Make Our Kids Smarter! No, It Will Make Them Dumber! Common Core Will Make Kids Enjoy School More! No, It Will Permit the Totalitaria...

Do You Really Know What the Common Core Is?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 08.01.2014 | Education
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Having written curricula and lesson plans geared to the high school level Common Core Standards, I just don't see what all the hub bub's about.

Common Core and Esperanto

Peter Greene | Posted 09.27.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

It's seductive to think that we could come up with a neat, efficient, one-size-fits-all education system that would be orderly and clean, and we just get everyone to use it exactly the same way.

Joy Resmovits

Why Bobby Jindal Is Being Sued By His Allies

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) spent Tuesday fending off a legal attack from his allies. Two years ago, Jindal visited a charter school operated ...

Republican Governors Skirt 'Radioactive' Common Core Standards

AP | By ERIK SCHELZIG and STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Reviled by staunch conservatives, the common education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are...

Myth of the Month: Common Core Is Dumbing Down Education for the College-Bound

Linda Rosen | Posted 09.06.2014 | Education
Linda Rosen

CCSS lays the groundwork for students to gain the foundational knowledge that they need to succeed after graduation.

In Defense of Teaching Poetry

Stephen Chiger | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Stephen Chiger

If children tell you that they do not like poetry, the first question you should ask is whether they have ever been taught how to read it.

Major Education Leaders Express Support For The Common Core

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 06.10.2014 | College

WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher education leaders in 33 states on Tuesday announced the formation of a coalition in support of Common Core education standa...

The Tea Party and the Common Core: Right Answer, Wrong Reason

Victor Dorff | Posted 07.29.2014 | Education
Victor Dorff

Ultimately, Common Core may provide the right course correction for U.S. education, but the devil is in the transition. Rather than focus first on modifying classroom instruction, we have allowed the testing industry to lead the charge of implementing the new ideas.

Is Common Core Failure President Obama's Fault?

Peter Greene | Posted 07.27.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The state-led initiative was chugging right along, moving forward without any interference from the feds, when somehow, they decided to leap in. This is part of the current conservative CCSS support narrative. The story goes something like this.

Common Core -- Not One Size Fits All

Peter Greene | Posted 07.21.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

Education under a CCSS regime is not "one size fits all." It's "all must fit one size." It's not "We'll try this on for size and if it doesn't fit, it sucks to be you." It's "You must fit this, or there will be consequences. You will be punished for not fitting what we made for you."

It's Time for a New Accountability in American Education

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Voices across the country are raising concerns about the new Common Core State Standards. But if you listen carefully to the conversations, the main concern is not about the standards, themselves, but about the consequences of high-stakes tests attached to the standards. And those concerns are well-placed.

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

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 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...