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January 09, 2014

Paul Horton: Has Common Core Lost the Plot?

If we push play to the margins of the early childhood learning as Coleman proposes that we do, to make room for nonfiction literacy and mathematics, children will "have fewer opportunities to rehearse for adult life,"

December 30, 2013

Common Core, China, and the Myth of Meritocracy

I think there could be a hidden, perhaps even subconscious agenda with the Common Core. We use the Common Core to create an artificial and arbitrary set of barriers to employment, and declare that anyone who is unable to surmount those barriers is too lazy or stupid to succeed in the modern competitive world.

December 25, 2013

2013 in Review Part Two: The Year the Common Core Began to Unravel

It was supposed to be easy. The campaign was one of shock and awe, intended to overpower and silence anyone with the nerve to criticize.

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 11, 2013

The Making of Common Core Creation Stories: Myth or Fact?

Origins are of great importance because they tell us so much about the soul, the essence of a project. The essence of the Common Core was developed by a handful of corporations and corporate-funded think tanks who wanted schools to meet certain benchmarks to better prepare the employees of the future.

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 21, 2013

Paul Horton: Common Core and the Gettysburg Address

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 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.

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