From what I hear the American Girl series of dolls from Mattel strives to create a realistic version of 9-11 year old girls. Congrats Mattel! This accessory is right on the mark for a young girl attending a public school. The backpack includes a Pearson enVision Math text book that is Common Core aligned. Hopefully […]
Read up. United Opt Out National receives a mention. Nice.
I am familiar with a group of fifth graders who are in real crisis. This isn’t some manufactured, fake, phony crisis like A Nation at Risk or something. This is real. I see a classroom of children at ten and 11 years of age so filled with rage and hate and anger that their entire […]
An article appeared in the Albuquerque Journal recently, titled, Two Teacher Unions Step Up Actions Against PED. The article outlines how the national and state-level unions plan to put pressure on the New Mexico Public Education Department (NM PED) in order to treat teachers more fairly. Read the article here: http://www.abqjournal.com/288936/news/two-teacher-unions-step-up-action-against-ped.html Here is my response: I’m […]
Not quite as horrible as the learn how to bubble for the sake of test taking skill as Shaun Johnson’s post today, but what the hell are we doing here people? From New York parent Heather: Kindergartners learning to be “college and career” ready by practicing filling in those bubbles? Common Core aligned too! From […]
Can anyone explain this to me, as captured by a friend in Texas?
Here is a letter that originated with the Cibola High School student body, and is being copied and personalized and distributed by a growing number of New Mexico high schools, accompanied by a petition for Stand4KidsNM. Hey, Hanna Skandera said she wanted to hear more from the students. I don’t think this is what she […]
Tucker, Darling-Hammond, and Jackson Wuss Out: Failing to Challenge Basic Assumptions of CCSSI Is No Solution
EdWeek published today a piece by Marc Tucker, Linda Darling-Hammond, and John Jackson, entitled “Fewer, Better Tests Can Boost Student Achievement,” a promising title from a trio of authors at least the last two of whom are generally associated with sane, progressive, child-positive education. Unfortunately, the piece was either dominated by Mr. Tucker, president of the Washington-based […]
Close friends and associates know me by name, Shaun Johnson. No, I’m not the gymnast. I tried as best as I could to go by a pseudonym because, well, I caught a lot of flak from my former supervisors in higher education because of my views. That is, skeptical and largely against Common Core, critical […]
I’m sure you’ve heard of this. DCPS, the system in which I teach, “chose” math cut scores to perhaps load more positive results, thus trying to make the argument that prevailing reforms, largely propagated by huckster Michelle Rhee, “worked.” Note that CUT SCORES are political choices, nothing scientific or verifiable. They are subjective. This is […]
At last week’s school board meeting in my rural Western New York community an excellent discussion on testing occurred, focusing on the use of progress monitoring assessments. Several families, including mine, have made the decision to boycott all assessment that is mandated by federal or state policy. Our district uses a Pearson product called AIMSweb […]
Very simple. I’ve heard many arguments about how stupendously awesome common core is and will be. Regarding the tests, I hear frequently that they’re better because, quite simply, they’re on the computer. So, on computer automatically means better. I see. Innovation.