Supporters of the Common Core Speak Out WNYC: State education commissioner John King faced a highly supportive audience Tuesday night at his first forum on the Common Core learning standards in New York City. Parents at the BrooklynShow More Summary
State board addresses concerns.
Now we are told we need a new national system called Common Core State Standards Initiative, and it has provoked a grassroots uprising. Parents don't want federal control or a federal curriculum, and teachers don't like the CC tests...
I recently posted a piece on the future of high school math education and the Common Core State Standards on math, which was the work of a coalition of mathematicians, statisticians, teachers and curriculum developers, that elicited a lot of interest. The following response takes a critical look at that piece and the Common Core […]
My latest Scholastic Administrator column is out, focusing on how the NCLB implementation and pushback history compares to the Common Core process we're going through now (Whither CCSS?). "At the time, a number of states considered opting out. Show More Summary
As our students prepare to graduate into an exponentially changing economy, there's one skill that often goes unchecked in the development of Common Core curriculum: the ability to think, act and communicate globally. This means more than learning the history of another country or speaking and writing in more foreign languages. Show More Summary
PISA chief, Andrew Schleicher was on the PBS News Hour last week to talk about what might be learned from high scorers on the world's most watched international testing derby. He pointed to some interventions that seem to have proved...Show More Summary
BUILDING THE MACHINE (2014) - Official Trailer [HQ] I want to use the same disclaimer here that I did the last time I posted Common Core State Standards (CSSS) related materials from sources that I disavow any connection with. The video is produced by, and also features, individuals that are from fringe-right-wing groups. Show More Summary
It cost money to implement and promote the Common Core State Standards. Here’s a post about where some of the funding is coming from, written by award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York. Burris has chronicled on this blog the many problems with the test-driven reform in New York (here, and here and here and here, for […]
Advocates of Common Core State Standards love to point out how 45 states and the District of Columbia have voluntarily adopted this new national public school regimen. What they’re not telling you, however, is how federal and state funds...Show More Summary
Mike Huckabee sought to clarify his opposition to the Common Core State Standards Initiative on his Saturday Fox News show, "Huckabee." He supports the standards but is opposed to federal government involvement in education. For many Common Core critics, though, the standards are the problem.
Fox News Channel host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) is considering a 2016 presidential bid, and one of the first things he has done to test the waters for his candidacy is to abandon the Common Core academic standards, a sign that the new education program is fast becoming a toxic issue for political candidates. Show More Summary
Here's a video you won't soon forget. Watch a group of children respond like trained seals to a teacher clapping.I'm amazed that this, somehow, is supposed to pass for higher-level thinking. To me, it looks like the creation of little,...Show More Summary
In an article published on Monday that advocates for Common Core standards, the Associated Press presents what amounts to the typical talking points for supporters when faced with criticism that Common Core is a federal takeover of education. Show More Summary
Neal McCluskey Over at SeeThruEdu I’ve got a post responding – sort of – to a recent article on the Common Core by National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru. It’s only “sort of” because for the most part Ponnuru is right on the money: Some of the allegations against the Core are highly dubious, but so are many of the arguments proffered for it. Show More Summary
ARNE DUNCAN, America’s education secretary, drew complaints this month when he spoke of critics of the Common Core curriculum, a new set of educational standards all but a few states have adopted, this way : It’s fascinating to me that...Show More Summary
Recently, the Department of Education released a new set of common core standards that will no longer require schools to teach students how to write in cursive. Oh, no! Now how are precocious young girls supposed to portray accuracy when they stay up late writing old-timey plays as they pretend to be Jo from Little Women? (Apologies, I am projecting.) Read more...
Ethan Young is a senior in high school. He made a wonderful presentation to the Knox County Tennessee school board about Common Core. It’s a wonderfully researched presentation and challenged the school board to research and disprove his claims. They haven’t. Common Core is the education equivalent of ObamaCare, I’ve referred to it as “ObamaCore” [...]
Think all you want, about whatever you like, but face it, folks, the state evaluation law isn't gonna disappear within the week. Cuomo is all Hamlet over whether or not he has to take action on Common Core. Doubtless he's hoping theShow More Summary
Consider this headline: "Principals say Common Core tests make little kids vomit, pee their pants."