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.
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December 08, 2013
December 01, 2013
Preparation for college and career has begun to feel more and more like "preparation to make yourself useful to future corporate employers."
November 25, 2013
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 21, 2013
Common Core "close reading" lessons like this one on "The Gettysburg Address" completely miss the significance of African American troops fighting and dying for this "new birth of freedom.
November 18, 2013
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 17, 2013
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.
November 15, 2013
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.
November 06, 2013
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 29, 2013
From coast to coast, the billionaire-backed education reform project is back-pedaling, and there are signs of desperation showing up all over.
October 28, 2013
I managed to calm down only when I began to recall that virtually none of what he said was true: graduation rates are at an all time high,