Common Core State Standards

Recognizing an American Hero: John Saxon

Recognizing an American Hero: John Saxon

Seeking recognition for a hero in mathematics education may be a waste of time since so many Americans’ eyes glaze over at the mere mention of the word “math.” Too many claim they don’t like math, can’t do math, or don’t want even to think about math. (This phenomenon is found only in America. Interestingly, […]

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Common Core-Free Day

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on July 23, 2014 0 Comments
Common Core-Free Day

Bringing Common Core State Standards out from the shadows and exposing its ills to busy parents and sidelined lawmakers has become my night and day concern to the point of a religious calling. I mean no disrespect it’s just that it is the second reason I get out of bed every morning. The first reason […]

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Opposition to Common Core in New York Is Widespread

Opposition to Common Core in New York Is Widespread

49% of New Yorkers want Common Core implementation stopped in a Siena College poll taken on July 13-16th of 774 likely New York voters. Only 39% want to see the standards implemented. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.5%. 60% of Republicans want to see the Common Core implementation stopped compared to […]

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The Myth of the Helpless Parent

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on July 21, 2014 2 Comments
The Myth of the Helpless Parent

“I Can” statements are all the rage in our public schools. Students are to say “I can” and then positively reaffirm something they feel capable of doing. I’m offering suggestions for “We can” statements. If your school district obeys the law, tells the truth, spends money wisely, and properly educates children, then you probably don’t […]

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Scott Walker Calls on Wisconsin State Legislature to Repeal Common Core

Scott Walker Calls on Wisconsin State Legislature to Repeal Common Core

(CaffeinatedThoughts.com) Yesterday Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) out of the blue issued a press release calling for Wisconsin to repeal the Common Core. He said in a prepared statement, “Today, I call on the members of the State Legislature to pass a bill in early January to repeal Common Core and replace it with standards set […]

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Zephyr Teachout, Democratic Challenger to NY Gov. Cuomo, Blasts Common Core

Zephyr Teachout, Democratic Challenger to NY Gov. Cuomo, Blasts Common Core

Zephyr Teachout, who teaches law at Fordham University, is challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic Primary.  She outlines her concerns about the Common Core in a recent op/ed published last night: The idea of a shared, high standard sounds appealing. But in practice what Common Core means is that students and teachers are subject […]

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Utah Governor Wants Common Core Reexamined

Utah Governor Wants Common Core Reexamined

Is Utah Governor Gary Herbert having a change of heart?  One can only hope. From The Salt Lake Tribune: Gov. Gary Herbert will ask the attorney general to look into what, if any, federal entanglements have been involved in Utah’s adoption of Common Core State Standards in math and language arts. He’s also convening a […]

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Outgoing South Carolina School Chief: I Will Kill Common Core

Outgoing South Carolina School Chief: I Will Kill Common Core

I have a healthy skepticism about how the review and replacement of the Common Core will go down in South Carolina.  I’m still inclined to believe there are political games being played right now. Outgoing State Superintendent of Public Schools Mick Zais’ interview with The State makes me want to rethink that a little. Zais […]

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Junk Common Core Curriculum

Filed in Common Core State Standards by on July 17, 2014 0 Comments
Junk Common Core Curriculum

Fordham Institute’s Amber Northern provided a workshop called “Spring Training: Working on the Fundamentals” at the Education Writer’s Association’s 67th National Seminar at Vanderbilt University. Fordham Institute did a study of four different schools that they called early adopters of the Common Core. She noted that curriculum development was like a “patchwork quilt” in these […]

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North Carolina Legislature Passes Common Core Repeal and Replace Bill

North Carolina Legislature Passes Common Core Repeal and Replace Bill

Last week the North Carolina Senate passed the conference report for SB 812 33-12.  Today the North Carolina House joins them by passing the conference report 71-34.  The bill will repeal and replace the Common Core.  Gov. Pat McCrory (R-NC) has 10 days to decide whether he will sign it or not. Here is the […]

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