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March 10, 2010

Praise and Criticism for Grade-by-Grade Common Standards

There is an interesting mix of reactions taking shape to the first public draft of the K-12 common standards. (Yes, these folks viewed advance, embargoed copies, or already had the draft because it's been circulated among state leaders.) Check out our story on, and check back again a...

March 09, 2010

Calling All Teachers: Input Needed on Common Standards

The public-comment period on the grade-by-grade common standards opens tomorrow, and the drafters are very interested in what teachers will have to say about them. Some teachers have been involved in creating the standards, but the folks at the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National...

February 19, 2010

Private Grant Aims to Help Teach Writing Using Digital Media

The National Writing Project is getting an $800,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to expand a program that uses digital media to teach young people to write.

January 29, 2010

'Anne Frank' Too Risque for One School's Reading List

The Diary of Anne Frank is pulled from a school's reading list because a parent complains about its sexual themes.

January 25, 2010

Texas' Book-Banning Boo-Boo

Funny or scary? You be the judge. The Texas board of education bans the author of the children's book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? on the mistaken belief that he wrote a book critical of American capitalism. (Hat tip to Robert Pondiscio over at the Core Knowledge blog.)

January 12, 2010

Reading Skill and Content Knowledge: The Debate Continues

More debate on the role content knowledge plays in developing adolescent literacy.

January 11, 2010

Reading Aloud to Adolescents: Content Knowledge Matters

In response to an Education Week story, Core Knowledge blogger Robert Pondiscio argues that without content knowledge, reading aloud to students is of limited value.

January 06, 2010

Reading Aloud to Adolescents, and a Socratic Curriculum

Many teachers find reading aloud to adolescents valuable; the Socratic approach to learning finds fans in Cincinnati.

January 04, 2010

Is Reading Comprehension a Skill? The Debate Goes On

A professor and the president of the English teachers' association discuss whether reading comprehension is a skill that can be taught.

December 04, 2009

A Wave of Feedback Over the Standards

Educators have not been shy about giving their opinions about drafts released through the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Many say standards are only one piece of the K-12 puzzle.

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