Origins are of great importance because they tell us so much about the soul, the essence of a project. The essence of the Common Core was developed by a handful of corporations and corporate-funded think tanks who wanted schools to meet certain benchmarks to better prepare the employees of the future.
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December 11, 2013
December 08, 2013
Scholars frustrated with cryptic hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt were excited to unlock their secrets using the Rosetta Stone. The Common Core has become a Rosetta Stone for understanding how corporate education reform is reshaping public education.
December 05, 2013
Organizations like ASCD are being directly paid to "support implementation" of Common Core, which in effect converts them into advocates for the controversial standards.
December 01, 2013
Preparation for college and career has begun to feel more and more like "preparation to make yourself useful to future corporate employers."
November 21, 2013
It takes a lot of grit to be brazen enough to claim that the E4E's paper does anything other than use the words "True Grit" over and over, as it displays colorful photographs of attractive teachers and students, and state-of-the-art graphics to promote its agenda.
November 18, 2013
The fiasco begins with a grand idea, planned with a bold vision. People set their sights on a goal beyond any they have ever achieved before.
November 15, 2013
The Common Core has been presented as a paradigmatic shift beyond the test-and-punish policies of NCLB. However, we are seeing the mechanisms for testing, ranking, rewarding and punishing simply refined, and made even more consequential for students, teachers and schools.
October 29, 2013
From coast to coast, the billionaire-backed education reform project is back-pedaling, and there are signs of desperation showing up all over.
October 19, 2013
Early results are less than encouraging. The experience may teach us some important lessons about how people learn - if we are willing to pay attention.
October 17, 2013
The co-chair of the influential Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation says its strategy on teacher quality won't change, even with a new administration.