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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 13, 2013

Who Decides What is Taught in Our Schools?

The fundamental question that has been presented to all of us through the Common Core process is this one: Who decides what is taught in our schools?

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 08, 2013

Will the Common Core be the Rosetta Stone for Corporate Reform?

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.

December 05, 2013

Is ASCD Embracing Market-Driven Education Reform?

Organizations like ASCD are being directly paid to "support implementation" of Common Core, which in effect converts them into advocates for the controversial standards.

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 25, 2013

Is Robo-Grading Driving the Design of Common Core Tests?

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

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.

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