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January 30, 2016

President Obama Announces 'Computer Science for All' Initiative

Today, the White House announced what it's calling an "ambitious, all-hands-on deck" initiative to get every student in the United States coding.

January 25, 2016

Is Common-Core Math Leading to More Memorization Than Intended?

Common-core math aims to have students do less memorizing—but it's being misinterpreted to have students do more, argues a math education professor.

January 14, 2016

What Textbooks Are Schools Using? Districts Aren't Keeping Track

If you want to find out what math textbooks a district is using, just go ahead and ask the central office, right? According to researcher Morgan Polikoff, it's not quite that easy.

January 13, 2016

Common Core Is Target of New 'Sting' Video by Conservative Activist O'Keefe

James O'Keefe, the conservative activist best known for undercover video recordings that allegedly implicated ACORN workers, released a new sting video yesterday in which a Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt sales executive is heard admitting that common-core textbooks are "all about the money."

January 12, 2016

Obama Touts Computer Science Education in Final State of the Union Address

In his last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said that "helping students learn to write computer code" is among his goals for the year ahead.

January 12, 2016

2016 Children's Book Award Winners Announced

Matt de la Peña won the 2016 Newbery Medal for "Last Stop on Market Street," and Rita Williams-Garcia won the Coretta Scott King award for "Gone Crazy in Alabama."

January 08, 2016

New York Teacher Who Was Fired After Controversial Lessons Sues District

A New York City teacher is suing the district, saying she was fired after administrators told her a lesson on the Central Park Five, who were wrongly accused of rape, might lead to riots.

January 08, 2016

Indiana Cursive Bill Gets A Fifth Go-Round

For the fifth consecutive year, a state senator in Indiana is proposing that schools be required to teach cursive.

December 28, 2015

Testing, Math, and Music: Top 10 Curriculum Matters Posts for 2015

Each year, we take a look at Curriculum Matters' most-read blog posts, and in 2015 it seems two major themes got readers clicking: common-core testing and math instruction.

December 18, 2015

Outrage Over Arabic-Writing Lesson Leads Virginia District to Close Schools

Schools are closed today in Verona, Va., and weekend athletic events canceled, after school district officials there have been fielding angry phone calls and emails over a classroom assignment that asked students to copy an Islamic statement of faith.

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