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November 19, 2013

Can We Rescue the Common Core Standards From the Testing Machine?

The Common Core standards say, "Here's what you must prove you're accomplishing." If you tell your students that you expect them to study and learn the chapter about Torquemada and 15th Century Spain, they know there's a test coming.

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.

November 17, 2013

The Door We Open When We Defeat the Common Core

There is a deeper principle at stake here. Standards developed in secret without the active participation of K12 educators, parents, students and experts from the start are not acceptable or legitimate.

November 17, 2013

Two Responses to Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors

If most of the standards themselves are not the problem, or if people are really only taking issue with some of the early childhood ones, then it's probably time to isolate the problem areas and deal with them separately.

November 16, 2013

Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors

The Common Core has been presented as a paradigmatic shift beyond the test-and-punish policies of NCLB. However, we are seeing the mechanisms for testing, ranking, rewarding and punishing simply refined, and made even more consequential for students, teachers and schools.

November 06, 2013

Florida Teacher: "I Was Among Those Who Reviewed the Common Core in 2009"

As the review unfolded, it became apparent that we were not working with a holistic, integrated application of standards. To Rene and me, it began to look instead like a checklist forming a platform for standardized testing.

October 28, 2013

Paul Horton: Pseudo Democracy: Duncan Double Dribbles in Chicago

I managed to calm down only when I began to recall that virtually none of what he said was true: graduation rates are at an all time high,

October 16, 2013

Process Matters in a Democracy: Common Core Fails the Test

Decisions that were made without democratic input are not legitimate. Officials implementing these policies should be challenged in public at every opportunity.

October 12, 2013

Parents Voice Concerns About Common Core: NY Dept of Ed Cancels Further Hearings

Speaking truth to power, as these parents did, is an intoxicating thing. It delivers to both speaker and witnesses a shiver, an awakening to the fact that we do not need to suffer in silence, or allow our children to suffer without objection.

September 23, 2013

Common Core Standards: Conservative Victory or Debacle in the Making?

The people who designed Common Core expected tremendous drops in proficiency rates, and that's exactly what we're seeing.

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