Before Dr. Karen Swallow Prior continues to laud the “good news of the Common Core” to Christians she should spend more time researching the bad.
Sandra Stotsky wrote a piece for the National Association of Scholars entitled “Revise or Reject: The Common Core’s Serious Flaws.” Here is an excerpt she outlines some of the flaws: First, the ELA standards have many flaws: Common Core expects English teachers to spend at least 50 percent of their reading instructional time on informational […]
By Dr. Daniel B. Coupland On May 29th, 2009, Arne Duncan, the new Secretary of Education for the Obama Administration, gave a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. In the speech, he said, We want to raise the bar dramatically in terms of high standards. What we have had as a country, […]
Oak Norton of Utahns Against Common Core made a video last month point out indoctrination that exists in textbooks that are used in his state that are aligned to the Common Core ELA standards. The standards themselves don’t indoctrinate, but the curriculum is susceptible for this – especially there is a shift toward using more […]
A 6th grade teacher in Wyoming was placed under a gag order by her school’s administrator preventing her from sharing her concerns about the Common Core.
The Washington Post reports that cursive handwriting is disappearing from public schools. The curlicue letters of cursive handwriting, once considered a mainstay of American elementary education, have been slowly disappearing from classrooms for years. Now, with most states adopting new national standards that don’t require such instruction, cursive could soon be eliminated from most public […]
Kathleen Porter-Magee & Sol Stern ask in the subheading of their National Review article defending the Common Core State Standards ask “why are prominent conservatives criticizing a set of rigorous educational standards?” There are others who have provided direct rebuttals. I want to answer their primary question. While I’m not a “prominent conservative,” I am […]
Glenn Beck today highlighted the Common Core on his show on The Blaze TV. His guests were Emmett McGroarty of American Principles Project, Sherena Arrington, a political consultant from Georgia, and two teachers from Utah, David Cox and Christel Swasey. Beck in his opening remarks gave a wake-up call for those who may be apathetic […]
Diane Ravitch finally made up her mind on the Common Core. She now deems it bad. What took so long? The skeptic in me thinks she waited until after November. Kind of hard to endorse the guy who is pushing this while speaking out against the Common Core. People who have read me for awhile […]
Dr. Sandra Stotsky, professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas, wrote a piece for the Indiana Policy Review that critiques the Common Core ELA Standards and called Indiana to re-adopt the standards they had before that were superior to the Common Core. She also pointed out a problem with the Common Core’s writing […]