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March 08, 2014

Paul Horton: In Defense of Books

In the Corporate Common Core's rush to create a snippet curriculum that separates reading comprehension from the acquisition of knowledge, book lovers are panicking all over the world.

February 25, 2014

Paul Horton: Why the Common Core Is Unlike Standards of the Past

Understanding Common Core is about seeing a much larger picture. That picture is a collage of the strategic plans of most multinational corporations that are increasingly managed or heavily influenced by the CBS approach to business and labor relations.

February 19, 2014

Paul Horton: Will Liberal Arts be Saved by the Common Core?

Not much here for those who are seeing their courses and jobs cut. There seems to be a central message here: follow the Common Core like the yellow-brick road or there might not be any funding for the humanities.

February 03, 2014

New Mexico Law Would Halt Common Core, Require Public Hearings and Investigation into Costs

add New Mexico to her list of 22 where there is unrest regarding Common Core standards. And this time, the source is not from any conservative wing of the Republican party; it is a Democratic legislator, State Senator Linda Lopez, who is leading the charge.

January 25, 2014

For Arne Duncan, the Buck Stops Over There

Our current US secretary of education, sadly, has shown little capacity to accept blame or take criticism for much of anything, but is a master of deflection. With Arne Duncan, time and again, the buck stops not here, but over there.

January 24, 2014

Duncan: Bill Gates Has No Seat at the Education Policy Table

Let's take the Common Core, one of the projects that the Department of Education has been actively promoting for the past four years. How have philanthropists like Bill Gates influenced the creation and advance of this project

January 24, 2014

A Teacher Asks: Are Readers Made Reluctant By Rigor?

Just yesterday, within the span of three hours, I had multiple conversations with parents who are at a loss for how their elementary school children are reacting to school and school work.

January 23, 2014

Colorado Moms Push Bill to Delay Common Core

We are moms, from all across Colorado, with different backgrounds and political beliefs, coming together, in most cases, as strangers, because we oppose Common Core.

January 17, 2014

Will California Use Common Core Tests as a High School Exit Exam?

Last week, California's state superintendent of education Tom Torlakson casually mentioned something that could have huge implications for students and teachers.

January 16, 2014

Paul Horton: History Matters: The C3 Social Studies Standards are Fool's Gold

When I saw that the AHA and the NCHE endorsed the new standards on the inside cover, I saw red. This can't be, I told myself, are these two proud organizations selling out?

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