When it comes to improving education whether we are talking student achievement outcomes or school improvement there are not silver bullets.
David Coleman, chief architect of the Common Core ELA standards and now President of the College Board has been reaching out to conservatives and Christians to encourage them to support the Common Core. He recently contacted Michael Farris, the founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association. Farris, in a email to his members (which […]
As parents have encountered Common Core in their children’s classrooms, then sought information about what it means, we’ve seen a nationwide brushfire of alarm. Parents must know Common Core did not randomly appear. I’m not talking about how it was created and advocated by the Gates Foundation, National Governors Association, and Council of Chief State […]
One of the arguments behind having centralized national standards, such as the Common Core State Standards or Next Generation Science Standards, is the argument that kids who move from say Washington State should have the same standards if they move to Iowa. Since our culture has become more mobile it seems like a compelling argument. […]
Jim Stergios of the Pioneer Institute wrote an op/ed last week for the Boston Globe entitled “Schools and conventional wisdom.” He said something that articulates what I’ve been noticing with the education scene with the two major political parties. If the Republican convention showed us anything about Republicans’ views about education, it demonstrated just how […]
Those who have read my writing long enough know how I feel about the Iowa Core Curriculum. I think it stinks. It has huge problems. Its history curriculum, in particular, stinks to high heaven. It centralizes education and further removes educational decisions from parents. There is nothing good about it. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad today […]
The Iowa Department of Education released a 28 page report today detailing the state of education in Iowa. It’s dismal. You can’t deny the facts presented – especially with reading and the achievement gap with students with disabilities. I fully agree with Jason Glass, the State Director of the Iowa Department of Education, when he […]