Bad News via NPR regarding Common Core

I listened to this story on NPR yesterday, and it was pretty depressing. Especially, the part about Common Core. The print portion of the story only gave a thumbnail sketch: The controversy over the much-maligned Common Core State Standards will diminish. States will continue their efforts to re-brand or rename the standards, while for the most part following them. Despite the political controversy, the push for high academic standards will continue, and we’ll see little of the “race to the Read more […]

Ominous News about the Every Student Succeeds Act

When I posted about the Every Student Succeed Act, I was somewhat skeptical, but I followed what the Wall Street Journal reported, calling it “a baby step in the right direction.” I assumed Lamar Alexander was being somewhat accurate. “We have an opportunity today to vote to reverse the trend toward a national school board,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Health and Education Committee and chief architect of the bill, along with Sen. Patty Murray (D., Wash.). Read more […]

Ben Carson Ranks Educational Choices–Homeschooling is Number One

In an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference that was broadcast on C-span, Presidential hopeful Ben Carson answered a question about Common Core educational standards in a surprising way.   Carson said, “The best education is the education you get that is closest to home.”   His point was that what students learn at home is the key to them learning well in any program, and he ranked education choices with homeschooling as number one.  He ranked private schools as number two, Read more […]

Common Core Standards Push Political and Social Agendas

Common Core standards for education sound good on paper.  After all, the goals of the standards are lofty and noble.  Consider what the Common Core website says to explain the purpose of the initiative: State school chiefs and governors recognized the value of consistent, real-world learning goals and launched this effort to ensure all students, regardless of where they live, are graduating high school prepared for college, career, and life. In the 6 years since the program launched, controversy Read more […]

Teachers Refuse to Give Standardized Tests to First Graders

Why would teachers refuse to assess their students? They explain in an open letter. Thanks to Common Core, it seems, an increasing number of teachers are refusing to administer required tests to students—especially young students. To some extent the media coverage of this annoys me since employees are treated like heroes for refusing to obey their employer, while an elected official refusing to violate her conscience and publicly affirm same-sex “marriage” is treated much differently Read more […]

Common Core and Progressive Domination of Math Instruction Equals Mathematic Illiteracy

A century of progressive domination of the American educational system has resulted in a growing number of Americans remaining mathematically illiterate. The Common Core standards are a repeat of previously failed federal policies which fail to develop academic skill making the study of mathematics needlessly boring and challenging for too many talented students. These federally supported educational policies have left our society short of talented mathematicians needed to make the American economy Read more […]

iFad Meltdown in the LA School District

The LA School District bought iPads equipped for Common Core for their students. Now they want a refund. The slow-motion train wreck is reaching its destiny. I wrote about the doomed decision on the part of the LA School District to purchase school iPads back in the summer of 2013: “LA Connection: iFad and Common Core Are ‘For The Children’” An excerpt: “Board members Steve Zimmer and Richard Vladovic expressed the most concerns. Zimmer questioned whether devices other than tablets Read more […]

Police Called to Rescue a Child from School

To get a child out of a Common Core test, a parent had police called because the school refused to cooperate. While this story is related to Common Core, I think it would be a mistake to focus too much on Common Core. When a parent calls police to liberate a child from captivity, the problem is the captors themselves, not the reason they give to justify their actions. This is a story about public school in general as an anti-family institution. According to the Orlando Sentinel, “Parent, Read more […]

Civics Testing: The Next Common Core?

There is a new common core approaching. It is civics testing. There is talk among some in the Missouri House of Representatives to require High School students to pass a civics test prior to graduation. As reported in the Southeast Missourian, Rep. Kathy Swan, R-Cape Girardeau, sponsor of the “Missouri Civics Education Initiative” bill, said “active, engaged citizenship starts with civics education.” She also said high-school graduates should have the same basic knowledge of the nation’s Read more […]

Islam Instruction an Opportunity for Conservatives

Islam instruction in public schools must be monitored carefully by citizens. The study of religions is being reintroduced through “Core Knowledge” curriculum and is now being taught in public schools and in choice schools. Core Knowledge Foundation was created by E. D. Hirsch, Jr. Core Knowledge is not part of Common Core State Standards. Because Hirsch is a proponent of Common Core Standards and because his books align with those standards, his textbooks are being used in classrooms across Read more […]

Common Core, One Symptom of a Terminal Disease

Common Core is a single symptom of the terminal disease called federalization of education. Those who focus solely on Common Core will once again witness the educational system succumb to federal control of academic standards, curriculum, testing, student loans, teacher-preparation programs: the entire educational system. A patient will die when he insists on treating an acute cough with cold medicine when the cause of the cough is the cancer sarcoidosis. Historically, those rejecting federal Read more […]

Wisconsin School District Dumps Common Core and Increases Student Enrollment

The Germantown, Wisconsin, school board rejected implementation of Common Core Standards and has been rewarded with a waiting list of students who wish to enroll in the Germantown schools. Brian Medved, Germantown school board member, explained that “eliminating Common Core did not happen overnight. It resulted from a culmination of events.” Those events included electing a school board dedicated to the citizens rather than simply being a rubber stamp for district leadership. Citizen involvement Read more […]