There is a little uncertainty, but overall it seems as they believe the Common Core will be a boon for the industry, especially as it relates to non-fiction books. From excerpts from a Publishers Weekly article by Karen Springen: First she’s bought onto the mantra that these are not federal standards: To backtrack: the Common […]

## Why Kids Can’t Do Math Without a Calculator and the Common Core Isn’t Helping

Konstantin Kakaes wrote an interesting article in Slate entitled, “Why Johnny Can’t Add Without a Calculator” about how technology is hurting, not helping kids really learn math. I went to see (Vern) Williams because he was famous when I was in middle school 20 years ago, at a different school in the same county. Longfellow’s […]

## STEM Makes No Sense

According to Marc Tucker at EdWeek: Here is an interesting fact. The countries that are producing more people with higher skills in mathematics, science, engineering, technology and science don’t have STEM programs. When we do benchmarking research in those countries, we don’t hear their educators talking about STEM priorities. We don’t hear their industrial leaders […]

## The Common Core Will Reduce Reading and Writing To Chore Status

Mary Grabar who is teaches English at Emory University gave a very pointed critique at Roll Call of the literature standards for high school students within the Common Core. She started off with a great analogy (something we learn to appreciate when reading good literature): How good a player would Arne Duncan, former basketball pro […]

## A Case for Literature Rather Than Informational Texts

Jane Robbins and Joe Mack of American Principles Project made the case why the common core state standards should be rejected based on its dependence on informational texts rather than original source literature. They did so by sharing a top 10 list complied by Dr. Steven Lynn who is the Dean of the Honors College […]

## The Common Core Math Standards–A Step Backward

Education Next interviewed Ze’ev Wurman and W. Stephen Wilson about the Common Core Math Standards which 40 states have signed on to. They ask are they a step forward or backward? They are pretty clear that it is a step backward. Some money quotes… Wurman in answering whether the CCSS for Math is higher than […]

## Common Core webinars in North Carolina

According to the NC Department of Public Instruction, Information for implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics is the focus of three webinars scheduled in the New Year. We hope your schedule will allow you to participate in one of the following (the webinar material is the same for each) webinars. Each will be […]

## New Standards, Familiar Problems

The following op-ed is the John Locke Foundation’s Daily Journal for Friday, October 28, 2011: If you thought the federal No Child Left Behind law was bad, you haven’t seen anything yet. Next year, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction will introduce new curriculum standards for all public school students. This will include Common Core […]

## NC DPI embraces Common Core wackiness

I recently spent some time reviewing presentations from the April 2011 Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement (CCSA). The CCSA is an annual conference sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI). During the conference Kitty Rutherford (NC DPI Elementary Mathematics Consultant) and Robin Barbour (NC DPI Secondary Mathematics Consultant) discussed the implementation of […]

## Is Anybody Up for Defending the Common Core Math Standards?

Is Anybody Up for Defending the Common Core Math Standards? Rick Hess on September 6, 2011 Education Week The notion that Common Core proponents needn’t make their case is an affront to democratic values. When seeking to make substantial changes to public institutions, the burden is supposed to be on the would-be reformers.