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10 things wrong with what kids learn in school

The debate over the Common Core State Standards overlooks the broad problems inherent in the core curriculum that has been taught in schools for decades. Below Marion Brady explains. Brady has worked as a teacher, administrator, college...Show More Summary

Why Common Core isn’t the answer

The Common Core State Standards have become targets for criticism from all corners of the political spectrum for various reasons. Here’s a different take, from Marion Brady, a veteran classroom teacher, who has written history and world...Show More Summary

Cramming is indisputable proof of the superficiality of most classrooms in America

Marion Brady says: The Procedure: 1. Take notes during lectures, and hi-lite key sentences in the textbook. 2. Before a big test, load the notes and hi-lited passages into short-term memory. 3. Take the test. 4. Flush short-term memory and prepare for its re-use. … The Procedure, of course, is called “cramming.” Do it well [...]

‘The Procedure’ and how it is harming education

Do you know what “The Procedure” is and why it is a problem for education? Here to explain is Marion Brady, a veteran classroom teacher, who has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall),  professional books, numerous  nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. Show More Summary

The biggest weakness of the Common Core Standards

Here’s a different look at the controversial Common Core State Standards, from Marion Brady, a veteran classroom teacher, who has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall),  professional books, numerous  nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. Show More Summary

The right way to teach history

History matters, but you couldn’t tell by the way it is taught in many schools. Here Marion Brady, a classroom teacher for years, talks about the problem, and the solution. Brady has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall),  professional … Continue reading ?

A quiz on America’s core curriculum

How much do you really know about the core curriculum that American students are taught? Exploring this is the following piece — along with a quiz — by Marion Brady, who was a classroom teacher for years, has written history … Continue reading ?

A big unexplored idea in school reform

What’s worth learning and how best to teach it? This is the core of the following post by Marion Brady, a classroom teacher for years who has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall),  professional books, numerous  nationally distributed columns … Continue reading ?

The right — and wrong role — for teachers

What makes an effective teacher? Here is a post on the issue from veteran educator Marion Brady, a classroom teacher for years who has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall),  professional books, numerous  nationally distributed columns (many are available … Continue reading ?

What’s worth learning?

What’s worth learning?  Veteran educator Marion Brady tries to answer the question below. Brady was a classroom teacher for years, has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall),  professional books, numerous  nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses … Continue reading ?

A REAL paradigm shift in education

American public education has been in trouble for a lot longer than many people believe, according to the author of the following post. He is Marion Brady, a classroom teacher for years who has written history and world culture textbooks … Continue reading ?

Why all high school courses should be elective

The rise of the Common Core State Standards has fueled a long national debate about what courses students should be required to take and when. Here's an unconventional look on the subject, from Marion Brady, a classroom teacher for years...Show More Summary

Why schools used to be better

It's one of the ironies of education reform that despite wave after wave, schools are seen by many as in worse shape as before all the changes. Here's a look at why from Marion Brady, who was a classroom teacher for years, has written...Show More Summary

Nine questions about '21st Century curriculum'

If you have heard the phrase "21st Century curriculum" and wondered exactly what that is, you aren't alone. Here, veteran educator and curriculum expert Marion Brady explains. Brady, who was a classroom teacher for years, has written...Show More Summary

The ultimate education reform

Veteran educator Marion Brady has a very different take on reform than the so-called education reformers that dominate the schools debate today. He has a big idea, which he outlines here. By Marion Brady Read full article >>

The 9th problem with the Common Core standards

A post yesterday, in support of the Common Core State Standards, is a response to an August piece by veteran educator Marion Brady that was highly critical of the standards initiative. Here Brady takes another wack at the standards. Read full article >>

Marion Brady's Eight Problems with Common Core

From truthout Eight Problems With Common Core State Standards Saturday, 18 August 2012 11:49 By Marion Brady, The Washington Post | Op-E E.D. Hirsch, Jr.’s book, “Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know,” was published March 1, 1987. Show More Summary

Eight problems with Common Core Standards

This was written by Marion Brady, veteran teacher, administrator, curriculum designer and author. By Marion Brady E.D. Hirsch, Jr.’s book, “Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know,” was published March 1, 1987. Read full article >>

Education’s biggest design flaw

This was written by Marion Brady, veteran teacher, administrator, curriculum designer and author. By Marion Brady I live on the west bank of the Indian River Lagoon on Florida’s East Coast. Across the Lagoon, in the distance, is Kennedy Space Center. For years, I walked out on my dock and watched space shuttle launches. Read full article >>

Excellent list of reasons to hate standardized, high-stakes testing

2 years agoOdd : Boing Boing

This WashPo column by Marion Brady ("veteran teacher, administrator, curriculum designer and author") enumerates reason after reason to oppose standardized testing, the major educational technique in use in much of the world today. It's such a good (and depressing) list that it's hard not to quote it in its entirety: Opposition to the present orgy [...]

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