Recently certain high-profile folks in education seem to be decrying the Common Core. But, as I’ve posted before, it’s important for us to *ahem* attend to precision as we discuss and take on these discussions, to not conflate things like standards and assessment; and to speak with the level of nuance and complexity that we know exists in the field of education.
Our friend and colleague, Cathy Kessel, graciously took on a recent public talk at the MLA conference as an opportunity to address many of the so-called problems with the Common Core: Continue reading
Just to be clear, I don’t have any grandchildren yet, even though I have three daughters in their 20s (hint hint, daughters).
But what I want for my grandchildren when they arrive is a local public school where they can learn to read and write, learn to add, subtract, multiply and divide, learn to make arguments, learn to use ratios, learn to read Shakespeare and Feynman, learn to interpret the graphs and paragraphs they read in the news, learn to reject false persuasions and check facts through research. Continue reading
If you watch cable news and the discourse surrounding Common Core that is not led by educators, you may have noticed that the Common Core has become something of a hobby horse for pundits looking to score political points. Continue reading
This post has been a long time coming. I promised it to you about two months ago. So like a kid with a late pass to first period, I feel the need to explain my tardiness. Continue reading
The Business Roundtable and the US Chamber of Commerce teamed up to bring us TheCommonCore.com, a resource for those who support the Common Core State Standards. Continue reading
Last week CCSSM author Jason Zimba wrote a guest post for the Johns Hopkins Press Blog, entitled, “A New Course for K-12 Mathematics Education.” In it, he gives a short history of the development of the Common Core, along with a nuanced discussion of the controversy surrounding the standards. From the post: Continue reading
I am pleased to welcome David Riesenfeld as today’s guest author. David is an assistant principal in Long Island City.
For the past thirteen years, I have taught in rural and urban secondary schools on both coasts. These experiences have certainly provided me with a unique scope on the condition of public education: evolving learning standards, educational reform, and how teachers can best decide what works to enhance their students’ learning experiences. Over the past three years, first as a history teacher and then as an assistant principal, I have immersed myself in the shifts in teaching and learning required by the Common Core State Standards. I now work in an extremely diverse school in Western Queens and have had the good fortune of working with wonderful kids as I learn more about the real impact of these standards on urban classrooms. Continue reading
Social media is a powerful tool. It can be used to cross geographic divides, create community, and broadcast a message. It is for these reasons (and more!) that I am happy to publicly share with you the social media extensions of our blog. Continue reading
One of the purposes of this space is to help you locate accurate information about the Common Core State Standards and their development. The Hunt Institute has worked with the lead authors of both the ELA and math standards to put together a great series of videos to help us clarify what the standards are, how they were developed, and what shifts are resulting. Continue reading
Last month, I had the pleasure of attending an event where Jo Boaler, math educator at Stanford, presented on her work regarding the importance of a growth mindset in math education. It was hosted by the Delaware Dept of Education, and I walked away refreshed and challenged by Jo’s work. If you’re not familiar, you’ll want to check it out. Continue reading