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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...

Gates Money and Common Core -- Part IV

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

This post is a continuation of a series I am writing on Bill Gates' funding specifically for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. And now, for my fourth installment: Universities that have accepted Gates money earmarked for CCSS implementation.

Three Ways to Derail the Common Core Standards

Jim Shon | Posted 11.17.2013 | Hawaii
Jim Shon

The promise of a more meaningful, and deeper, learning experience held out by the idealized Common Core Standards cannot thrive within the traditional factory model of a school.

Ravitch to the Rescue

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Tampio

How did parents lose the right to educate our own children or, at least, have a meaningful role to play in our school districts? How can we reclaim this right? Enter Diane Ravitch, America's foremost historian and theorist of education policy.

The World Needs Uncommon Children, Not More Conformists

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Steve Nelson

I cherish uncommon children who dye their hair purple, ask uncomfortable questions and solve problems in ways that I'd never considered. The world needs more artists, eccentrics, rebels and dreamers, not more cookie cutter adults.

Not Falling Behind, But Pulling Apart: Race to the Top Reflects Broader U.S. Education Problems

Elaine Weiss | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Elaine Weiss

Achievement gaps are not the real culprit. Rather, they are symptoms of the true problem: an underlying set of opportunity gaps.

One Thing All Parents Should Know

Jonah Edelman | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Jonah Edelman

Right now, most Americans are still in the dark about what the Common Core Standards are. Only 38 percent of Americans have even heard of them.

Can the Education Trust and Teachers Work Together?

John Thompson | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
John Thompson

If we can make the transition to higher standards without the omnipresent testing stick, perhaps the Education Trust and teachers could bury the hatchet, build on our areas of agreement and focus on better ways of achieving equity and offering engaging and authentic instruction to all.

On the Brink of the Common Core Era, Principals Leading

Pedro Noguera | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Pedro Noguera

The new Common Core era has generated great insecurity, largely because some states, such as New York, implemented the new assessments before rolling out new curricula designed to match the rigorous exams. There is no single recipe for how to do all that is vital, but there are key ingredients.

Closing the Low-Expectations Loophole for Students with Disabilities

Todd Grindal | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Todd Grindal

Whether or not you think it is smart policy to measure schools' effectiveness using standardized tests, there is one thing on which we all should be able to agree: school districts should not decide which students that they are accountable for educating and which they are not.

Gates Money and Common Core -- Part III

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Mercedes Schneider

Common Core State Standards is apparently important enough to Bill Gates for him to force feed to the public via funneling though its departments of education. And since he is wildly rich, he must know what is good and true for American public education. Not.