Former executive director for the Gates Foundation, Tom Vander Ark, wrote a piece for Forbes that plugged both competency-based education (CBE) and personalized learning. Shane Vander Hart points out five problems with what he suggests.
Bill Gates recently asked, “Math is one area where we want to generate stronger evidence about what works. What would it take, for example, to get all kids to mastery of Algebra I?” Alabama State School Board Member Betty Peters answers his question.
New York City Schools want more elementary school teachers specialized to teach math to prepare students for algebra, but two recent studies show this isn’t a good idea.
John Dvorak at PC Magazine points out what should be common sense, students don’t need computers in the classroom. Money spent on education tech is better spent elsewhere.
54 college-bound, inner-city high school seniors in California were surveyed to determine how those students perceive their college readiness during Common Core’s implementation.
Shane Vander Hart: The Associated Press reports that Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg will team up for an education initiative focused on kids who have trouble learning. What could possibly go wrong?
Jane Robbins and Karen Effrem: Parents demand answers about what “digital learning” is really doing in the classroom, refuse your child’s participation in NAEP if invited, and make it clear that your child is not a guinea pig.
A student’s ability to comprehend what they are reading will depend on whether or not they have the background vocabulary and knowledge related to the text they are reading. Shortchanging history, science, and the arts in elementary school will hinder reading comprehension later on.
Shane Vander Hart: I’m trying to picture my 7th-Grade math teacher, Mr. Looft, supporting me as I created my “own mathematical understanding.” If I were left to “discover” the strategies I needed to solve problems I would have failed, miserably.
The Heritage Foundation this morning hosted a panel discussion with Emmett McGroarty and Jane Robbins with American Principles Project and Erin Tuttle with Hoosiers Against Common Core to discuss their book Deconstructing the Administrative State: The Fight for Liberty.