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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.

December 05, 2013

Is ASCD Embracing Market-Driven Education Reform?

Organizations like ASCD are being directly paid to "support implementation" of Common Core, which in effect converts them into advocates for the controversial standards.

December 01, 2013

Does Standardization Serve Students? Or is Common Core a Dead End?

Preparation for college and career has begun to feel more and more like "preparation to make yourself useful to future corporate employers."

November 21, 2013

John Thompson: Game-Changers Go for the Grit

It takes a lot of grit to be brazen enough to claim that the E4E's paper does anything other than use the words "True Grit" over and over, as it displays colorful photographs of attractive teachers and students, and state-of-the-art graphics to promote its agenda.

November 19, 2013

Is the Common Core Becoming a Fiasco?

The fiasco begins with a grand idea, planned with a bold vision. People set their sights on a goal beyond any they have ever achieved before.

November 16, 2013

Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors

The Common Core has been presented as a paradigmatic shift beyond the test-and-punish policies of NCLB. However, we are seeing the mechanisms for testing, ranking, rewarding and punishing simply refined, and made even more consequential for students, teachers and schools.

October 29, 2013

Billionaires Going Bonkers: Trying to Reboot Reform

From coast to coast, the billionaire-backed education reform project is back-pedaling, and there are signs of desperation showing up all over.

October 19, 2013

Are MOOCs Missing the Mark?

Early results are less than encouraging. The experience may teach us some important lessons about how people learn - if we are willing to pay attention.

October 16, 2013

Process Matters in a Democracy: Common Core Fails the Test

Decisions that were made without democratic input are not legitimate. Officials implementing these policies should be challenged in public at every opportunity.

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.

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