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December 22, 2013

Tennessee Student: Is Standardization Making Us Conform to an Ill Formed Bureaucracy?

As our schools take another step to becoming the next big bureaucracy in America, I would like to call for a conference of concern. With the new Common Core system, I see us shifting even further into a "one size fits all" factory of education,

December 08, 2013

Will the Common Core be the Rosetta Stone for Corporate Reform?

Scholars frustrated with cryptic hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt were excited to unlock their secrets using the Rosetta Stone. The Common Core has become a Rosetta Stone for understanding how corporate education reform is reshaping public education.

November 25, 2013

Is Robo-Grading Driving the Design of Common Core Tests?

Here we are beginning to see the ways in which grading technology may be shaping the tests, and the very way we ask students to show how they are applying the skills they have learned.

November 13, 2013

Educators Flunk the School Grading System in Indiana

Even though the A-F bipartisan panel has done an excellent job of wrestling with the difficult question of how to measure student growth against fixed standards, there are still fatal flaws in this system which determines winners and losers among schools, teachers, and students.

November 06, 2013

Florida Teacher: "I Was Among Those Who Reviewed the Common Core in 2009"

As the review unfolded, it became apparent that we were not working with a holistic, integrated application of standards. To Rene and me, it began to look instead like a checklist forming a platform for standardized testing.

October 12, 2013

Parents Voice Concerns About Common Core: NY Dept of Ed Cancels Further Hearings

Speaking truth to power, as these parents did, is an intoxicating thing. It delivers to both speaker and witnesses a shiver, an awakening to the fact that we do not need to suffer in silence, or allow our children to suffer without objection.

September 10, 2013

Indiana Grassroots Groups Not Ready to Exonerate Tony Bennett in School Grading Scandal

it turned out that his own rules, which he wouldn't have even considered modifying for other schools, could be rearranged at the last minute in the special case of a donor's charter school

July 26, 2013

Paul Horton: Troubles Ahead for Gatopia?

there is a new domestic cold war that pits public and private education against each other and seeks to turn human beings into computers

July 23, 2013

Is InBloom Enthusiasm Inspired By Gates Grants?

The Gates Foundation has become influential in part due to its willingness to underwrite those who will speak in favor of its agenda.

June 01, 2013

Is the Tea Party Right About the Common Core?

Although it may be hard for some education leaders to acknowledge, the substance of the Tea Party's criticism of common-core standards is solid

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