Christopher Gearson wrote a one-sided article for U.S. News and World Report praising the Common Core. It’s entitled “High School Students Need to Think, Not Memorize.” He writes: In math, the shift is away from lectures and rote working of equations to the practical application of mathematical processes, often in teams, to real-world situations. High […]

## Now We See How A Common Core Failure Will Be Spun

Blame the teachers… via EdWeek’s Andrew Ujifusa reporting from the Education Commission of States policy meeting that was held in Atlanta last week: Zimba fended off a question from an audience member about whether the common core had been comprehensively tested in the field by saying the common core is the result of a decade-long […]

## Arne Duncan Gets an F in EdNext Reader Poll, Common Core Polled Next

EdNext readers overwhelmingly gave Arne Duncan an F for his job performance. A – 3% B – 3% C – 6% D – 16 % F – 72% This is obviously not a scientific poll, but this site is read by people from all over the political spectrum. It seems like a variety of people […]

## Textbooks? We Don’t Want Your Stinking Textbooks!

Not unless they embrace the Common Core State Standards that is. From The New York Times School Book blog: The city schools chancellor, Dennis M. Walcott, and his team have been beating the drum about the rollout of tougher Common Core standards and the need to get students better prepared for college and careers. Now […]

## 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 […]

## Phil Daro: The Reason We Have Standards Is Because of the Social Justice Agenda

Phil Daro, one of the drafters of the Common Core Math Standards was speaking to a group of educators at a curriculum publisher event last year at the California Mathematics Conference North (CMC – North Asilomar) in 2011. At the 4:56 minute mark in the video below Daro said, “And remember that the reason we […]

## Some Fuzzy Research on Common Core Math Standards

Achieve pointed out new research that links Common Core Math Standards to higher achievement. Fascinating since those standards haven’t been implemented yet. Maybe they are testing them on animal subjects… somebody better warn PETA. Oh never mind, here’s how they got their results… Schmidt’s work focuses on the strong resemblance of the CCSS for mathematics […]

## 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 […]

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