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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 10, 2013

John Thompson: Time is Right for "Principles that Unite Us"

Teachers, unions, students, and families are finding a common voice. It is the perfect time for the American Federation of Teachers to issue "The Principles that Unite Us," a call for labor and communities to unite in a new era of school reform.

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 03, 2013

John Thompson: Time to Fact-Check the Reformers

What if school reformers were open about their errors in fact and their misleading use of language? How would reformers fare if their facts were truly held up to scrutiny?

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 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 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 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.

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