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May 10, 2014

Michelle Gunderson: How Chicago Teachers Union Decided to Oppose Common Core

Wednesday evening I stood before my brothers and sisters at the Chicago Teachers Union to speak in favor of our resolution opposing the Common Core State Standards. When I finished speaking, there was a call for the vote.

May 08, 2014

Chicago Teachers Union Breaks With Common Core

Yesterday, in a vote that shows democracy is alive in the American Federation of Teachers, members of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates voted -- reportedly unanimously -- to join the growing national resistance to the Common Core standards.

May 03, 2014

Computerized Grading: Purloining the Analysis, the Most Fundamental Exposition of Humanity

There is great urgency behind the search for this magic combination - test questions that can prompt student essays which can then be scored fairly accurately by computers.

May 01, 2014

Paul Horton: A Teacher Writes to Arne Duncan

If you decide to come back to Chicago and enroll here, your kids will take no multiple-choice tests in my class. They will write paragraphs, speeches, short papers, and research papers.

April 24, 2014

What Will It Take to Educate the Gates Foundation?

Bill Gates has made it clear that this was an experiment from the start. What he did not seem to allow for in his scenario was the possibility that his experiment would not succeed.

April 17, 2014

Colorado Coalition Says PARCC Testing Is Not Teaching

PARCC is a new, unproven, unfunded, state and federally mandated test to be taken on computers, MULTIPLE TIMES per year. Since the inception of NCLB, we have been adding to the pile of standardized tests that our students must hurdle.

April 02, 2014

TestingTalk.org Launches National Discussion About Common Core Tests

TestingTalk.org was opened for public comments on March 30, and is actively soliciting input from parents, teachers and students regarding their experiences with the new tests.

March 24, 2014

The Common Core: Are They Even Really Standards?

Diane Ravitch this morning has revealed the basic accepted process for the setting of national standards, and the process leading to the Common Core violated just about every step.

March 11, 2014

Chicago Teacher Explains the Infamous Viral PD Video She Shot

Some have defended the video, saying that it may be out of context. I want to clarify that context. The presenter's script is meant to be repeated (and repeated) verbatim.

March 10, 2014

The Common Core Equity Swindle

The farther into this experiment we get, the more devastating this latest sorting mechanism appears to be. Every time you stamp "college ready" on a student who has cleared the bar, the students that did not make it past that hurdle are stamped "unworthy."

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