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October 06, 2014

Survey: Half of Urban Parents Say Common Core Is Beneficial

In a recent survey, the Council of the Great City Schools found that half of K-12 parents in urban districts said the Common Core State Standards were beneficial to their children.

September 23, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: Newsela Raises $4.1M to Expand Library of Modified News Articles

Newsela, a startup that offers news articles written at various reading levels, raised $4.1 million from investors in a Series A round.

September 08, 2014

The New York Times Magazine on Bill Gates' Latest Education Project

The magazine's annual education issue looks at the billionaire's support for the Big History Project, a new way to teach history as connected to other subjects.

September 07, 2014

The Accountability Timeline: Putting Students First

The standards are new. The evaluation systems are new. Everyone has to learn something. Now even those who put them in place in the first place are rethinking the accountability timeline.

July 29, 2014

Trouble in Common Core City: Too Many Music Men, Not Enough Librarians

Therefore, the Common Core project itself is also an exercise in fear-mongering about the future of our children, and has its own version of Professor Hill in its chief promoter, Bill Gates.

July 13, 2014

Questioning Education Reformers' Motives: The Big Taboo

When Lyndsey Layton interviewed Bill Gates a few months ago, she violated one of the major taboos of the education reform discourse.

July 03, 2014

A Question for Bill Gates: How Can We Motivate Students When Their Futures Are Bleak?

I am trying to make sense of the education reform project, which seems a mass of contradictions. On the one hand, we have a seemingly utopian project with bold pronouncements about the boundless capacity of all students

July 02, 2014

Gates' Excuse for Poor Results of Educational Technology: "Unmotivated Students"

If there is one thing Bill Gates has been a fan of, it is the role of technology in improving education. But recent comments show he may be starting to see that even technology may not be all powerful. And this leads to some deeper questions about the viability of the entire education reform project.

June 30, 2014

Common Core-Aligned Tests and the New Pearson GED: Failure By Design?

If the pass rates on Common Core tests and the new Common Core-aligned GED plummet, it is because they were designed to do so. If there is an outcome that has been engineered, there must be a reason that outcome is desirable.

June 29, 2014

Protesters to Gates Foundation: "Divest from Corporate Education Reform"

Bill Gates has it exactly upside down. The innovators are the classroom teachers. The innovators are the students. The innovators are the people working in the schools creating new things every day.

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