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Reflections of Canceled Kindergarten Music Programs

Jason Endacott | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Jason Endacott

When America stares into the mirror of education, we see our societal self staring right back. So I was particularly disturbed by a story about a kindergarten show in New York that was canceled so that the students could continue to work towards becoming "college and career ready."

The Perfect Storm: Common Core, Standardized State Testing, and Teacher Evaluations (Part 2)

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 07.01.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

As teachers, our purpose is not to teach to the standards anymore than the purpose of building a house is to adhere to the building codes. You build a house to live in. We teach students so they become productive members of society.

Education Reform Is Destroying Childhood as We Know It

Eric Sheninger | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Eric Sheninger

Education reform will be the demise of our once great educational system if politicians and other stakeholders do not get a grip soon.

A Brief History on NCLB and Common Core (Part 1)

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

This concentration on CCSS has created a teach-to-the-test mentality for many teachers. I have heard many colleagues across curriculums say: "If it's not explicitly stated in the standards for my grade level, I'm not teaching it."

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.

Is Pearson Education in Serious Financial Trouble?

Alan Singer | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business
Alan Singer

Pearson has been making a big push to expand its education, digital services, and testing programs in the United States and in Third World countries, but the company may be way over-extended and unable to deliver on its promises.

David Brooks, Common Core Circus Performer

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Brooks is right; the circus in indeed "in town," and in his opinion-spouting position, Brooks is attempting to sell tickets to The Greatest So-called "Standards" Show on Earth.

Common Core standards: A path to success for all students

Teach Plus | Posted 06.23.2014 | Education
Teach Plus

By Brittany Morse I began my teaching career in a rural town in New Mexico on the border of a Navajo reservation and then went on to teach at two d...

The Common Core as a Path to STE(A)M

John M. Eger | Posted 06.22.2014 | Education
John M. Eger

For parents, the question on their mind is simple: "What can we do to make sure that our kids get a job in the new economy?" On balance, despite all ...

By 'Common,' We Mean Equity

TNTP | Posted 06.21.2014 | Education
TNTP

When I first started teaching history as a New York City Teaching Fellow more than ten years ago, I walked in ready to give my high school students the same kind of education I had received at an elite private school in the Boston suburbs.

'Repeal and Replace' Common Core

John Thompson | Posted 06.21.2014 | Education
John Thompson

The American Enterprise Institute's Rick Hess writes that Common Core critics have raised valid concerns but they've failed to put forward a "notion" ...

Why Doesn't the New York Times Understand the Controversy Over Common Core?

Diane Ravitch | Posted 06.20.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

How can the nation's "newspaper of record" be so seriously indifferent to or ignorant of the major education issue of our day?

Don't Believe the Hype: Students With Disabilities Should Benefit From the Common Core

Todd Grindal | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Todd Grindal

The introduction of the Common Core educational standards has elicited substantial handwringing.

Indiana Rushes To Approve New Education Standards After Dropping Common Core

AP | SUMMER BALLENTINE | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As the first state to drop the national Common Core learning standards, Indiana is rushing to approve new state-crafted benchmar...

Why We Chose to Opt Out

Jason Endacott | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Jason Endacott

Federal laws clearly give us the right as parents to guide the education of our children. While the Secretary of Education has recently pushed for changes to those laws in order to give corporations as much access to your child's data as any teacher or administrator has, he hasn't been able to take away our right to decide what's best for our child. Not yet anyway.

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

Why I'm Resigning After 11 Years As A Teacher

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

I have sweet, incredible, intelligent children sitting in my classroom who are giving up on their lives already. They feel that they only have failure in their futures because they've been told they aren't good enough by a standardized test.

NYC Parents, Teachers Protest State Tests that Include Inappropriate Questions, Product Placements

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Ian Reifowitz

Friday's protests are getting widespread coverage in local media as well as attention from city and state education officials. The negative reaction to the test from principals and teachers has also been covered in the national media.

Road Bumps, Drama and Noise: Officials Dismiss Complaints about Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 06.14.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Drama and noise are a good thing and I do not mind being called a road bump especially if we can stop destructive educational policies that enrich publishers while masquerading as reform.

How Does Vox Figure PARCC Tests Are 'Working'?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.14.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The vox.com piece is entitled, "Common Core Tests Are in Classrooms -- And They're Actually Working." That depends upon what one considers "working" to be.

How Incompetent Tests Are Terrifying 3rd Graders

John Thompson | Posted 06.13.2014 | Education
John Thompson

The "embarrassing truth" for Tulsa World editor Mike Strain is that he missed two of the six sample questions on the test that Oklahoma 3rd graders mu...

Don't Squander Teachers' Support for Common Core

Linda Rosen | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Linda Rosen

Until now, teachers have helped protect Common Core State Standards against those who want to bury them. Yet if teachers don't get more support for te...

Fordham's Mike Petrilli: Selling Common Core in States With Better Standards

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.09.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The Fordham Institute takes its Common Core State Standards (CCSS) "tracking" seriously -- to the point of manipulating states with standards that it graded as "superior" to CCSS into clinging to CCSS.

Radio Host Says Anti-Common Core Activists Will Have To Create ‘Parallel Society' To Survive

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

New education standards may force conservatives and Christians to create their own parallel society, according to radio host Sandy Rios. Rios, host...