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Will States Fail the Common Core?

Randi Weingarten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

If the Common Core is sunk--by default or design--it will undercut our ability to give all kids access to what they need to succeed and, of course, will undermine confidence in public education.

Hands of Time

Amanda Magee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Amanda Magee

In the early days, I'd have a mug of coffee on one side of the keyboard, a manual breast pump on the other. I would get up at dawn, as it was the best time for pumping and writing. One activity sustained my girls; the other, me.

The Problem With the Common Core Math Standards

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Nicholas Tampio

When discussing politics, citizens should speak to one another as clearly and sincerely as possible. Right now, the Common Core literature uses technical terms and tortuous prose to sell an educational philosophy that may not deliver what it promises.

Professing and Parenting to the Test: Education Reform and the Testing Madness

Alan A. Aja | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Alan A. Aja

Deceptive and inaccurate right-wing films like Waiting for Superman don't help either, placing teacher unions as the primary explanatory variables of poor student achievement, while hailing charters as the panacea of all things public education.

Computer Analysis Overturns the Common Core: Educational Research Strikes Again!

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

In the midst of this raging Common Core battle now appears this new article on "complexity," calling into question the linguistic research behind the Common Core standards. It aims to be used as another weapon as the two armies struggle by night.

From Common Core to Common Sense: The Next American Educational Revolution

Dan DeMaioNewton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dan DeMaioNewton

It's important to reflect on where we are, and where we choose to go. We need to continue to question what we want the purpose of education to be.

3 Ways Parents Can Help Teachers

Chris Crouch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Chris Crouch

To ensure that our children receive the best education we have to offer, we as parents have some obligations to our kids and to educators.

5 Reasons the Common Core Is Ruining Childhood

Katie Hurley | Posted 12.25.2013 | Parents
Katie Hurley

The people behind the Common Core might think that they are ensuring college/career readiness, but what they are really ensuring is a generation of anxious robotic children who can memorize answers but don't know how to think.

How About Some Rhee-lated Information From Tax Documents?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

Handing millions over to the likes of Michelle Rhee is idiocy. Rhee is nothing more than some Frankenstein creation of bored philanthropy. Be careful, mainstream America. In promoting Rhee, you are confusing cash flow for substance.

Joy Resmovits

Big Obstacle To New Common Core Teaching Standards | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- On a sunny summer afternoon, teachers fill a bright red auditorium in the basement of the Soho headquarters of Scholastic Inc., the educat...

Joy Resmovits

Sequestration Leaves Schools On 'Edge Of Bankruptcy' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

Every time the sky opens up and rain pours onto the strawberry fields of rural Stilwell, Okla., Rocky Mountain Public School can count on getting soak...

Should NY Education Commissioner Resign?

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.15.2013 | New York

In New York, the debate surrounding the Common Core State Standards is still raging. It's been more than three years since the state first adopted ...

Dear Reformers: I Didn't Mean to Hurt Your Feelings

Diane Ravitch | Posted 12.15.2013 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Please know that I didn't mean to hurt your feelings. I just wanted to let you know that your efforts to create a dual system of publicly funded schools turns back the clock to the shameful era before the Brown decision. And I wanted you to know that your reliance on standardized testing is a grand mistake.

The Fight to Save Common Core: Count Me Out

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

I have written a number of posts on the so-called Common Core State Standards (CCSS), an unprecedented effort by those outside of the classroom to exercise control over the classroom by standardizing what is taught in classrooms across the nation.

Mercedes Schneider Explains: Who Paid for the Common Core Standards

Diane Ravitch | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Instead of developing a democratic process in which teachers, scholars and specialists were consulted at every step in the process -- instead of trying out the standards to see how they work in real classrooms -- the Gates Foundation and the Department of Education took a shortcut.

Common Core Standards for Mathematics: The Real Issues

Edward Frenkel | Posted 12.10.2013 | Science
Edward Frenkel

The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) have been adopted by 45 states and District of Columbia, and are due for implementation in the fall of 2014, but controversy around these standards is continuing unabated -- alas, for all the wrong reasons.

The Missing Conversation in Educational Policy: Student Engagement

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics
Andrew K. Miller

Why aren't we creating policy to create professional learning experiences to arm teachers with a variety of techniques to engage students? Why aren't we debating policy to shift towards personalized and competency-based pathways to differentiate instruction for all students?

'Character Ed. Before Higher Ed': Wisdom Trumps Knowledge

Ralph Singh | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Ralph Singh

I loved learning, was a good student, and had the privilege (and I mean privilege) of a great education. But it was what I learned after my formal education that made me the person I am today.

Gates Money and Common Core -- Part VI

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

Bill Gates has already spent billions on education reform. One would think that a seasoned businessman like Gates would be sure of his investment before wielding his checkbook (and disrupting countless lives in the process). Not so.

Who Does How Much Homework: A Response to The Atlantic

Anna Leahy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Anna Leahy

Too much homework is a problem, and the fast-approaching Common Core State Standards will probably make that situation worse. But there exist bigger problems in this world, too, and these overarching problems are not unrelated to who's doing how much homework.

Gates Money and Common Core -- Part V

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

This post is the fifth in a series on Bill Gates' funding of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). As of September 22, 2013, Gates has spent $173.5 million expressly for CCSS according to the Gates grants search engine.

Joy Resmovits

2013 SAT Results Show American Kids Still Aren't Ready For College | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

Only 43 percent of test-takers in 2013 met the SAT's definition of being prepared for college, a statistic that has remained stagnant since 2009. ...

The Fly in the Common Core Ointment

Vicki Cobb | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

The new tests, based on the CCSS, have produced dismal failure. So what! Let's use the CCSS as license to teach the best way we know how. Give the tests with minimal test prep, use the data internally along with other measures of school effectiveness, and let the chips fall where they may.

Common Core: A Lesson Plan for Raising up Compliant, Non-thinking Citizens

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

As I point out in my new book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, there are several methods for controlling a population. You...

WATCH: Parent Arrested At School Meeting After Questioning Education Policy

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics

Update (Sept. 24, 2013, 8:55 a.m.): All charges against Robert Small have been dropped, the Baltimore County state attorney confirmed to The Huffingto...