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March 24, 2014

The Common Core: Are They Even Really Standards?

Diane Ravitch this morning has revealed the basic accepted process for the setting of national standards, and the process leading to the Common Core violated just about every step.

March 16, 2014

Gates and Duncan Seek to Use Trust in Teachers to Promote Common Core

If leadership is appointed and anointed by those in power, than it can be revoked by those in power. So if we want to be leaders, we are better off developing that status in a way that does not rely on such official designations.

March 10, 2014

The Common Core Equity Swindle

The farther into this experiment we get, the more devastating this latest sorting mechanism appears to be. Every time you stamp "college ready" on a student who has cleared the bar, the students that did not make it past that hurdle are stamped "unworthy."

March 07, 2014

Historic Network for Public Education Conference Issues Call for Congressional Hearings into Test Abuse

The major news to come out of the event was the Call for Congressional Hearings announced on Sunday afternoon. Diane Ravitch and I held an impromptu press conference where we made an urgent request for Congress to investigate the overuse of standardized tests.

February 25, 2014

Paul Horton: Why the Common Core Is Unlike Standards of the Past

Understanding Common Core is about seeing a much larger picture. That picture is a collage of the strategic plans of most multinational corporations that are increasingly managed or heavily influenced by the CBS approach to business and labor relations.

February 19, 2014

Paul Horton: Will Liberal Arts be Saved by the Common Core?

Not much here for those who are seeing their courses and jobs cut. There seems to be a central message here: follow the Common Core like the yellow-brick road or there might not be any funding for the humanities.

February 18, 2014

Bill Gates, On the Record

I am less interested in the praise that he will heap on the accomplished educators in the room than in what he has said and done in the past, when speaking to altogether different audiences. So like Marley's ghost on Christmas eve, I want to take us on a bit of a tour of the echoes of Gates' past

February 03, 2014

New Mexico Law Would Halt Common Core, Require Public Hearings and Investigation into Costs

add New Mexico to her list of 22 where there is unrest regarding Common Core standards. And this time, the source is not from any conservative wing of the Republican party; it is a Democratic legislator, State Senator Linda Lopez, who is leading the charge.

January 25, 2014

For Arne Duncan, the Buck Stops Over There

Our current US secretary of education, sadly, has shown little capacity to accept blame or take criticism for much of anything, but is a master of deflection. With Arne Duncan, time and again, the buck stops not here, but over there.

January 24, 2014

Duncan: Bill Gates Has No Seat at the Education Policy Table

Let's take the Common Core, one of the projects that the Department of Education has been actively promoting for the past four years. How have philanthropists like Bill Gates influenced the creation and advance of this project

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