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A Primer on Educational Technology: 5 Terms Parents Need to Understand

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.22.2014 | Technology
Brad Spirrison

While many elementary, middle and high school students are already accustomed to technology-enabled classrooms, educators continue to incorporate digital learning innovations into their teaching styles. Even the most tech-savvy parents can find it difficult to keep up with all of the trends and terminology.

Huckabee: 'Stop The Fight' Over Common Core

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer student...

Joy Resmovits

Is The Obama Administration Backing Away From Standardized Testing? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

For years, the Obama administration has made tougher teacher evaluations a centerpiece of its education agenda, giving states incentives to grade educ...

Why the Jindal Loss Was Expected Regarding Louisiana's PARCC Injunction

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The Jindal administration is seeking a stay of Hernandez's ruling and an expedited writ of appeal to the First Circuit. They believe Hernandez is wrong. Hernandez is wrong. However, Jindal's defense really dropped the ball on this one- for whatever reason.

I'm Going to Say Half-full This Time

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Some teachers in states that have adopted the Common Core are expressing apprehension about their readiness to teach to the new standards, dismay at t...

How The Common Core Lost Teacher Support

Peter Greene | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

The Common Core lost teacher support because so many teachers spent the year face to face with it, looking it right in its beady little eyes. They don't love it because they know it so well.

Joy Resmovits

Fewer Than Half Of American Students Are Ready For College | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices

As American students return to classes in a public education system projected to be majority minority for the first time this fall, new test scores pr...

Judge Blocks Bobby Jindal's Move To Scrap Common Core Tests

Reuters | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics

By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS, Aug 19 (Reuters) - In a blow to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's move to withdraw his state from Co...

Common Core and Media Spin

Bob Seay | Posted 10.18.2014 | Education
Bob Seay

There are some serious questions about Common Core. Unfortunately, these questions and any answers that they may produce are buried beneath conspiracy theories, partisan rants, and crass commercial opportunism.

The Ultimate Demise of Common Core - Part III: The Logistics

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 10.16.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

When it comes to education, there seems to be a competing theory that differences should be dismissed in favor of finding a standardized way to teach all K-12 students.

Common Core's War Against Science and Children

Alan Singer | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

The claims put forward by advocates of Common Core and its attendant standardized testing regime are just not true, at least according to the latest research on how the human brain operates and how people learn.

Does Jindal Have a Case With Common Core as Federal 'Scheme'?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.11.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

To me, a Louisianian, it is absolutely no surprise that Jindal said that a 2016 presidential run is "something" he is "thinking about." What Jindal needs is a sensational, distinguishing, timely issue to propel him into the national spotlight...

The Ultimate Demise of Common Core - Part I: The Politics

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 10.10.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

There isn't anything in recent educational history that has caused more of a stir than the implementation of national Common Core standards in most states. It seems that everyone from politicians to parents has an opinion.

Civil Rights or Civil Wrongs: A Closer Look at the Common Core

Anthony Cody | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Anthony Cody

The corporate under-written Common Core standards and tests are at best a distraction and at worse add grievous insult to injury for children of color.

Authentic Civics Learning at BxDCA High School

Alan Singer | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Bravo students, teachers, and administrators at BxDCA high school for real learning, not the phony stuff sold by Common Core and the high-stakes testing companies.

AP American History in the Rocket's Red Glare

Patte Barth | Posted 10.01.2014 | Education
Patte Barth

History is the most difficult subject to write K-12 standards for, and for one simple reason: the discipline is bursting with information. There's not enough time, even over 13 years of public schooling, to teach students everything that is good to know in the subject.

Using A Gates Grant to Sidestep Standardized Testing in University Admissions?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 10.01.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

No seasoned teacher needs to be told that some students just don't test well. But Bill Gates is certainly no seasoned teacher. He is just a man with lots of money who gets to purchase his viewpoint. He believes that standardized tests should be "part" of "measuring" teacher effectiveness.

Joy Resmovits

This Will Make Some Special Education Advocates Really Happy | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- New York students with disabilities will be held to the same academic standards and take the same standardized tests as other kids their a...

Myth of the Month: Anything Would Be Better Than Common Core

Linda Rosen | Posted 09.29.2014 | Education
Linda Rosen

If you're not worried by the direction of recent political opposition to the Common Core State Standards, you should be.

Joy Resmovits

Bobby Jindal Has Done A Complete 180 On The Common Core | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

For the last four years, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has championed the set of learning benchmarks known as the Common Core State Standards -- but...

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.

Glenn Beck as 'The Music Man,' Playing on the Fears of Parents

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

On Tuesday, July 22, Glenn Beck spoke from some 700 movie screens to Americans who paid admission to hear him attack the "Common Core."

Colleges Might Not Be Ready For The Common Core

| Jon Marcus | Posted 07.23.2014 | College

America’s primary and secondary schools may be busy preparing for the onset of the Common Core standards, meant to better prepare students for colle...

Playful Learning and Rigorous Assessment: Can We Level-Up the Common Core?

Michael Levine | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Michael Levine

According to a recent New York Times piece that has stirred a highly emotional debate among my many colleagues, parents across the U.S. who once felt ...

Joy Resmovits

Why Bobby Jindal Is Being Sued By His Allies | 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 ...