More evidence that states are making major shifts based on the Common Core State Standards Via EdWeek: I often hear from math educators that the common-core standards seem to cry out for moving away from the traditional Algebra 1-geometry-Algebra 2 sequence toward a more integrated approach to the discipline. North Carolina is now moving toward […]

## Common Core’s Serious Flaws

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 […]

## A Glimpse of Math Homework from a Parent’s Point of View

Meredith Gavin, a parent in New York State, emailed me this morning with a video she made of her third grade son, Liam, doing his math homework. She wrote: This is a prime example of how my son’s brain gets confused, when he is given homework that entails knowing several different concepts that he struggles […]

## Common Core Common Sense: Why It’s Illiberal and Unconstitutional

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, […]

## Standards for Mathematical Practice (Part III)

This is Part Three of a three part article [Part One, Part Two] which provides the description of each of the Standards for Mathematical Practice as written in the Common Core math standards. It discusses aspects of each SMP that can be interpreted along conventional or traditional approaches to math teaching and contrasts this with […]

## Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice (Part II)

This is Part Two of a three part article [Part One, Part Three] which provides the description of each of the Standards for Mathematical Practice as written in the Common Core math standards. It discusses aspects of each SMP that can be interpreted along conventional or traditional approaches to math teaching and contrasts this with […]

## Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice (Part I)

This is Part One of a three part article which provides the description of each of the Standards for Mathematical Practice as written in the Common Core math standards. It discusses aspects of each SMP that can be interpreted along conventional or traditional approaches to math teaching and contrasts this with how each one may […]

## New Florida Law in Conflict with Common Core?

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law that makes Algebra II an optional course for pursuing a “standard” diploma which is contrary to the Common Core.

## Common Core Math Problems

Jane Robbins sent me some Common Core Math problems that she had obtained from an elementary school in the Metro Atlanta area. We’ll let these speak for themselves.

## Glenn Beck Outs the Common Core

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 […]