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December 27, 2013

2013 in Review Part 3: Gatesian Reforms Rejected

The year 2013 was one of gaining clarity about the strategies and objectives of Gatesian education reform. This clarity allows us to begin 2014 determined to move in a different direction.

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 15, 2013

Student Prepares for Hunger Strike for Democracy in Education

I wish there was another, less drastic measure than a hunger strike to realize my goals. But unfortunately, the system is so entrenched and resistant to change that there is no other way.

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 04, 2013

John Kuhn: Our Kids -- Coddled or Confident?

Are American students merely coddled, or are they instead aptly confident? Perhaps instead of being hobbled by a mathematical deficit, our kids are instead empowered by a superabundance of hopeful freedom that allows them to dare big things.

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 27, 2013

A Massachusetts Student Writes: How MCAS Changed My Education

I watched many of my peers become demoralized and angry about school, frustrated with their learning that they thought wasn't being measured by testing, and struggling with the feeling that they no longer meant anything to the school as a person

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 19, 2013

Can We Rescue the Common Core Standards From the Testing Machine?

The Common Core standards say, "Here's what you must prove you're accomplishing." If you tell your students that you expect them to study and learn the chapter about Torquemada and 15th Century Spain, they know there's a test coming.

November 17, 2013

The Door We Open When We Defeat the Common Core

There is a deeper principle at stake here. Standards developed in secret without the active participation of K12 educators, parents, students and experts from the start are not acceptable or legitimate.

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