.@EngageNY Modules: Out of Alignment

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A year ago I criticized the ELA curriculum modules found on NYSED’s EngageNY website and their “random” nature of content.  I expressed concern that many elementary schools have reduced or even eliminated instruction in Science and Social Studies in favor of the tested subjects of ELA and Math in this era of accountability via test […]

WHY ISNT AFT AND NEW YORK MORE ENRAGED ABOUT ENGAGENY?

WHY ISNT AFT AND NEW YORK MORE ENRAGED ABOUT ENGAGENY?.

Fred Klonsky is correct about the #NEARA14

Says the retired teacher on his website: Yesterday NEA Board of Director from Illinois, Jim Grimes, told us that the leadership would present two New Business Items (NBIs) to the delegates.   One addresses the issue of the use and misuse of standardized testing.   The other one will call on local and state affiliates […]

Anatomy of a hashtag and the @amprog report #forthecore

The Center for American Progress, often touted as a “liberal” think tank, released a set of recommendations to make Common Core implementation successful. The release was accompanied by a media event just the other day, shared on social media with the hashtag “forthecore.” Let us first dismiss any arguments that CAP is actually a “liberal” […]

@amprog imitates neoliberal wankers and excludes educator voices

A panel on the Common Core today from the Center for (on?) American Progress. See the speakers. Any educators in site? Introductory Remarks: Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress Panelists: Gov. Jim Douglas, Former Governor of Vermont Gov. Ted Strickland, Former Governor of Ohio Chester E. Finn, President, Thomas B. […]

AFT’s American Educator: Voice of the Rank and File or Tool of the Reformers?

Guest Post: By Bianca Tanis Teachers are dosed with Common Core propaganda daily. A few times a year, this comes in the form of the American Federation of Teachers’ quarterly journal, American Educator. It is not surprising that the summer 2014 issue (which focuses primarily on early childhood) is chock full of “career and college ready” […]

The well-meaning liberals of the world aren’t going to like the front page of the Washington Post

How Bill Gates bought us the Common Core. Thank you, and it wasn’t even my birthday. As a matter of fact, our right-wing brothers and sisters might not like this either since they believe this is a massive communist conspiracy. I’m also doubting, however, that many teachers know about this. I either hear glowing endorsements […]

Check out this new #forthecore campaign on Twitter and…

… tell me that the Center for American Progress is not implying that you hate military families if you don’t support the Common Core. This is highly disappointing coming from a so-called progressive organization. Actually, it’s not disappointing at all, just predictable and hilarious. It proves that progressives are terrible on issues dealing with education […]

NYSED, @EngageNY, and the Module Money Pit.

If you see this EngageNY icon on your child's work, they are getting a scripted education.

As part of its rushed implementation of the Common Core, the New York State Education department contracted with three entities to create scripted module lessons for schools across the Empire State at a cost of $12.9 million.  Some schools trusted their educators to create their own lessons that would best suit their classrooms.  Other schools, possibly out of […]

Common Core Prescription Will Not Heal Education

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During my presentations, I make the case that the Common Core Standards are a prescriptive list of content standards, rather than a descriptive framework. The other night, in Santa Fe, one of my more well-known audience members disagreed, based on her opinion. What’s the difference? And why does it matter? First of all, let’s consider […]

My progressive friends prefer demagoguery over truth on education reform

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My progressive friends in the broader media have it frequently wrong on corporate education reform, touting views that are hardly socially just. Instead, they mine their neoliberal connections to peddle the same corporate canards. It is obvious to me that mainstream progressive media are so disinterested in education that their reporting on the issue is […]

Guest post from teacher Mark Butler: Kicking the Common Core Football @parccinfo

On the surface it might seem confusing as to why Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA) would suddenly come out in opposition to the PARCC assessment- and in doing so, undermine the authority of State Superintendent, John White, Jr. Jindal hand-picked White for Superintendent in January 2012, and has until this recent turnabout, remained lockstep with him on […]

South Carolina Withdraws from Smarter Balanced Assessments

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In a letter to the Chair of the South Carolina State Board of Education, State Superintendent Mick Zais has exercised his authority to pull South Carolina out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC): SC State Superintendent Letter SBAC This does not release South Carolina from the use of the Common Core State Standards; although it […]

Common Core = “College Ready” ?

From New York parent Loy Gross: Why do we need Common Core? Experts tell us it will make kids “college and career ready.” And let me add, potatoes don’t have wings because my bicycle is a 10-speed. Out of those two statements, only one has a measure of truth. Potatoes don’t have wings. And my […]

#commoncore standards or @slekar standards?

Fact! The common core standards were written to be tested. Fact! The tests will provide invalid data about students, teachers and schools. Fact! INVALID data will drive decisions to purchase curricular and instructional snake oil. Fact! Taxpayers will cover the costs. Fact! After spending billions of tax dollars we will learn AGAIN that America has an achievement […]

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