NPR Attempts to Shifts Narrative on Common Core in Zimba Profile

Jason Zimbia
Photo source: Bennington College

NPR ran a profile on Jason Zimba that appears to be an attempt to change the narrative about Common Core.  Here the writers of Common Core appear to be turned into victims, and curriculum companies and teachers are to blame for the poor roll out. Sarah Garland writes: Every Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Jason […]

South Dakota Parents Push Back Against Common Core Math

I read an interesting article in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader yesterday.  It was focused on how parents in the Sioux Falls, SD school district were fighting back against the Common Core Math Standards through pulling their kids out to homeschool. That is probably the best thing that can be said about Common Core – […]

Math Society Presidents, Not Societies Themselves Endorsed Common Core

Sandra Stotsky wrote a blog post on Pioneer Institute’s blog that deserves attention.  You’ll get the gist in the opening paragraph: Stanford University mathematics professor R. James Milgram included an informative e-mail in his packet of information for state legislators when he testified at a hearing on Common Core in Milledgeville, Georgia on September 24, […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Common Core Dollars Spent to Retrain Teachers, But States Still Can’t Identify Failing Teachers

Billions of tax dollars have been spent over decades to prepare teachers but have produced little evidence of success. States complain that they can’t identify ineffective teachers. It is time to wake up and smell the burning toast! The significance of subjecting teachers to failed teacher-training programs is lost on those who influence education. Billions […]

Journalist & Parent: Common Core Math Leaves Me Stumped

Yesterday I read an op/ed by Jonathan Ellis, a political reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, expressing concern about the Common Core State Standards because of the way his daughter was being taught math.  Here are a couple of excerpts: There will be a great battle in the Legislature this session that I’ll be […]

Should American High Schools Prepare any Students for STEM? Common Core Doesn’t Think So

When states adopted Common Core’s mathematics standards, they were told (among other things) that these standards would make all high school students “college- and career-ready” and strengthen the critical pipeline for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). However, with the exception of a few standards in trigonometry, the math standards end after Algebra II, as […]

Lowering the Bar: How Common Core Math Fails to Prepare High School Students for STEM

(Boston, MA) National mathematics standards adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia that supporters say are designed to make high school graduates “college- and career-ready” and improve the critical science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) pipeline do not prepare students to study STEM or even be admitted to a selective four-year college, according […]