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August 11, 2017

Farewell (and Cheerio) From the K-12 Contrarian

It's been three years and 111 posts. It's time to say goodbye to the K-12 Contrarian.

December 02, 2016

Now Can We Talk About Standards?

I'll say it: creating more opportunities for choice without making any attempt to establish a baseline of quality is not just irresponsible, it's unconscionable. Yet it looks like exactly what we're about to do. Buckle your seatbelts, folks.

March 07, 2016

Common-Core Math: What Are We So Afraid Of?

Here comes another video complaining about the "scary" way kids are doing math these days. Somebody really ought to start collecting these things for posterity.

February 26, 2016

A Tale of Two Test Scores

One of our local schools made the paper recently for not doing enough to raise the test scores of its students. Whether that's true or not is an open question.

January 23, 2016

High Standards Without High Stakes

Is it possible to have high standards without using standardized tests to assess them?

January 12, 2016

Common-Core Voter's Guide: Democratic Edition

Last week I offered a few thoughts on how the Republican candidates for president feel about the common core. This week it's the Democrats' turn to go under the microscope.

January 08, 2016

The Common-Core Voter's Guide to Choosing a Presidential Candidate: Republican Edition

Most people aren't one-issue voters, but if you care about education it might help to know where the major presidential candidates stand on the issue. Here's a guide for the voter interested in the common core. The Republicans are up first.

January 04, 2016

Brand New Year, Same Old Educational Problems

It may be a new year, but we have at least one problem that followed us home from last year: presidential candidates speaking nonsense about education.

November 23, 2015

Mass. Exodus: Is This the Beginning of the End for Common Assessment?

Massachusetts has announced that it will no longer participate in the PARCC assessments associated with Common Core. This seems like good news, but I'm not so sure it is.

October 12, 2015

It's Time to End the Curriculum Wars

Is anybody else tired of the politics of division and wedge issues? Tired of the curriculum wars? Me too. Let's end this thing.

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