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January 24, 2014

A Teacher Asks: Are Readers Made Reluctant By Rigor?

Just yesterday, within the span of three hours, I had multiple conversations with parents who are at a loss for how their elementary school children are reacting to school and school work.

January 23, 2014

Colorado Moms Push Bill to Delay Common Core

We are moms, from all across Colorado, with different backgrounds and political beliefs, coming together, in most cases, as strangers, because we oppose Common Core.

January 17, 2014

Will California Use Common Core Tests as a High School Exit Exam?

Last week, California's state superintendent of education Tom Torlakson casually mentioned something that could have huge implications for students and teachers.

January 16, 2014

Paul Horton: History Matters: The C3 Social Studies Standards are Fool's Gold

When I saw that the AHA and the NCHE endorsed the new standards on the inside cover, I saw red. This can't be, I told myself, are these two proud organizations selling out?

January 13, 2014

Tennessee Student Ethan Young: "We Need Change, But Not Common Core"

High-stakes tests complement standards-based education. As our state has implemented testable objectives in virtually every subject area, it has intentionally shifted the instructional style of teachers to one that is always measurable.

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,"

January 08, 2014

Common Core Close Reading Comes to California

I went to an LAUSD training on the Common Core State Standards in November, and after the training I had many more concerns about the intent of the standards, the educational appropriateness of the implementation of the standards, and the standards themselves than I did before I walked in the door.

January 07, 2014

Are Progressive Critics of Common Core "Getting Played" By Enemies of Public Education?

Today, Politico offers an analysis of conservative's organized opposition to the Common Core which points out that the end game for many of these Koch-funded groups is total annihilation of public education

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 28, 2013

2013 in Review Part 4: Teachers, Unions, and the Best Path Forward

Organizations and leaders that we count on to defend our profession, and to act on genuine expertise and reject phony reforms, repeatedly left us shaking our heads. Here are the posts where I challenged these leaders and their rationales.

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