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May 07, 2012

Common Core Challenges our Unity

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody In recent weeks controversy over the Common Core standards has heated up. As we get closer to the decision point at the state level across the country, it has become clearer what a massive overhaul the Common Core represents. New curriculum, new professional dev...

May 06, 2012

Yong Zhao Interview: Will the Common Core Create World-Class Learners?

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody University of Oregon professor Yong Zhao's 2009 book Catching Up or Leading the Way sent a jolt through our educational system. He questioned the use of tests and "accountability" from the unique perspective of someone educated in China, now living - and raisin...

April 30, 2012

Karl Wheatley: Has Direct Instruction Banished Exploration? Not So Fast!

Guest post by Karl Wheatley A recent guest post here by John Thompson, Neither Teacher-less nor Teacher-proof: Constructivism Meets Guided Instruction, led to a lively discussion in the comments. I asked one reader to expand on his thoughts, and this post is the result. Here we go again ... How ...

April 27, 2012

The Common Core: The Technocrats Re-engineer Learning

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody As criticism of No Child Left Behind and the associated tests rises, we are hearing more and more about the Common Core Standards (CCS), the next great thing that is supposed to fix all that ails us. When a talking pineapple made New York tests a laughing stock,...

April 20, 2012

The Pineapple Story Tests Us: Have Test Publishers become Unquestionable Authorities?

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody The New York Daily News has perhaps inadvertently shed some light on why teachers might be hesitant to have a large portion of their evaluations based on standardized test scores. In a rare moment of transparency, one of the 8th grade reading comprehension quest...

April 17, 2012

Cui Bono? The Question Rarely Asked, Let Alone Investigated

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody As our public schools are systematically re-engineered for dubious reasons, with questionable results, by people of uncertain motives, there is a disturbing lack of skepticism on the part of our watchdogs for the public good, journalists. One of the basic princi...

April 08, 2012

Peddling Panic: Biased Survey Promotes National Science Standards

Guest post by Jack Hassard. Achieve, Inc. stands to make a lot of money for its work creating new science standards. It might not surprise us, therefore, that a survey they commissioned favors the adoption of these standards. But we need to look at these results with skepticism. Does US competitive...

April 06, 2012

Stephen Krashen: Testing and Teaching to the Test: It's going to get Worse

Guest post by Stephen Krashen Phillip K. Howard tells us that "To fix America's bureaucracy, we need to destroy it." The part most in need of destruction is not yet fully grown: The new national standards and their spawn, the new national tests. Howard points out that NCLB (No Child Left Behind) a...

April 03, 2012

Stephen Krashen Pulls the Rug Out From Under the Standards Movement

Some Comments on Paul Farhi's "Flunking the Test" Guest post by Stephen Krashen. In "Flunking the Test," Paul Farhi concludes that the media has seriously under-reported the successes of American education and have taken the pronouncements of self-proclaimed "reformers" at face-value. Farhi backs...

March 06, 2012

Jack Hassard: Are Science Standards Taught as if they were Bricks?

Guest Post by Jack Hassard. In the last post we used science education research to show how accountability standards in science education today pose barriers to meaningful learning in science. Today, we extend this theme, and show that the theory of learning underlying the accountability standards...

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