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July 10, 2012

Could School be Both Too Easy AND Too Hard?

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody This morning's USA Today featured two seemingly contradictory stories. On page one, the headline is "School is too easy, students report." On page seven, an op-ed is entitled "Why our kids hate math." The first article, authored by their excellent reporter Greg...

June 30, 2012

Jack Hassard: The National Science Teachers Association Takes on the NextGen Science Standards

Guest post by Jack Hassard. Originally posted here. Standards development, such as in science, is a big enterprise, and one that will result in huge profits for corporations, and will cost school districts billions to carry out over the next few years. For the past two years, Achieve and the Carne...

June 18, 2012

John Thompson: Common Core Is the Essence of the "Status Quo" -- That's why I Support It

Guest post by John Thompson. Last week, attending a great conference in Oklahoma City, Vision 2020, focused largely on Common Core, I kept worrying how I could articulate my support for the effort without angering my friends who are skeptical of it, or needlessly antagonizing Common Core supporters...

June 12, 2012

Technocratic Expansion of Education Data Systems Stirs Privacy Concerns

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody What will it mean for every one of the nation's 50 million students to have a unique ID number, and be included in a national database that tracks every test they ever take? And teachers will get ID numbers as well, so the database can track the test performance...

May 24, 2012

Educating to Compete in the "Global Economy": Creating Idiot Savantism

Guest post by Gerald Coles. The U.S. needs an educational system that will "ensure our kids are ready to compete and ready to win" in the global economy, said Delaware governor Jack Markell when the National Governors Association and State Education Chiefs formally launched the Common Core State S...

May 18, 2012

Critical Questions about the Common Core

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Educators in the United States are once again headed for a very big trap. We are being seduced by the idea that a common set of standards and assessments to match will deliver equitable outcomes from our schools. This is the siren call that draws us into endless...

May 15, 2012

David Musselwhite: Values of the Common Core: Equity, Competition, and Collaboration

A week ago I featured a guest post by Jack Hassard, Common Core Values: Do they include Authoritarianism? Today, in the spirit of promoting dialogue, I am sharing a response from a different point of view. Guest post by David Musselwhite. The Common Core State Standards and the values they espous...

May 11, 2012

Finding Common Ground to Build the Movement Against High Stakes Tests

One of the oldest problems with the left or progressive movement is our tendency to drag ourselves down through internal struggle over who has the most correct political line. We are seeing some of this dynamic emerge in the movement against high stakes testing. Perhaps it is a coming of age - a sig...

May 10, 2012

Yong Zhao in Conversation: Education Should Liberate, Not Indoctrinate

Last week I shared this interview with Yong Zhao focused on the Common Core standards. Today I am sharing a conversation between Dr. Zhao and Yvonne Siu-Runyan. Contributed by Yvonne Siu-Runyan. I am honored to have the opportunity to interview Dr. Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean...

May 08, 2012

Common Core Values: Do they Include Authoritarianism?

This week there has been an upsurge of debate over the Common Core (national) Standards. I hope we can tolerate and appreciate different points of view as we work to understand more deeply what these standards are all about, and the ways they may shift teaching, learning and testing in the USA. G...

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