The 2010 introduction of Common Core, a set of requirements for what elementary and secondary school children should know in math and English language arts, has turned schools in one state after another into battlefields as its complexity and other factors led to protests against it. Even so, by mid-2014, a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that very nearly half of those asked about it hadn’t even heard of it. A number of states, such as Missouri, Indiana, Oklahoma, and South Carolina have withdrawn from it.
Storm clouds have been gathering around the Common Core for some time. Until now, most of the critical attention has been on the political ramifications of the program, that it centralizes and federalizes teaching, diminishing the power of parents to participate in the educational process. When the criticism does turn to the content of the curriculum, it usually focuses on social studies, such as Joy Pullmann’s excellent account of the Common Core’s trashing of the Constitution and Founding Fathers. Yet the Common Core’s treatment of math is proving to be even more questionable.
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Politico has tracked the IP address of a website attacking former D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee to the American Federation of Teachers. The site, which refers to Rhee as “the[...]
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The Wall Street Journal reports on thousands of black Harlem parents rallying against…the NAACP. Why? Because the NAACP has joined a lawsuit with the local teachers union, the United Federation[...]
In several states—Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan—new Republican majorities through both statehouse chambers and the governorships have created momentum for proposing and enacting education reforms previously impossible. Other states, however, have[...]