Fighting Common Core: Round 2

The Illinois Citizens for Better Education are sponsoring Fighting Common Core: Round 2.  This even features a presentation by Dr. Duke Pesta.  Admission is free. Saturday, September 20th at 1:00 pm The Gateway Building 200 NW Water Street Peoria, IL 61602 For more information contact Bill Lopotko at 309-579-2047. You can download the flyer below. […]

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Does It Add Up or Down? Part 3

Standards for Mathematical Practice The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Table of Contents includes two types of standards. First listed are Standards for Mathematical Practice. Second listed are Standards for Mathematical Content. Before we explore the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP), let’s make a distinction between the SMP and Content standards. The SMP are […]

Standards Rustling and Rebranding

We have now seen at least three distinct styles of rebranding of the Common Core State Standards.  There may be other styles as well as variations of one or more of these styles. You will likely recognize at least one, if not all three of these styles.  It is possible your state matches one of […]

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Does It Add Up or Down? Part 1

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Work Team, Feedback Group, & Validation Committee The Work Team There were 51 members listed on the Work Team for developing the Common Core State Standards. Of those 51 members, it is clear there was one actual classroom teacher listed with the possibility of one or two others. It is not evident or clear that […]

States Fighting Back Map Update

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The Truth in American Education cartographer has updated the States Fighting Back Map called Retaining Constitutionally Guaranteed Liberty and State Sovereignty.  The previous update was released June 24, 2013.  Since that time, fourteen states qualified and have been added to the map.  The added states are Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, […]

An Expanding Awareness

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Introduction As best I can reconstruct the time frame, in November 2012 I came across the draft of a report that caught my attention–Expanding Evidence Approaches for Learning in a Digital World.  As I read the draft, I took notes and made comments.  Those notes and comments about the draft, not the final document, are […]