A Playbook for the Common Core'ites: Part I

I”ve long said that the Common Core strikes me as an intriguing effort that could do much good. The past couple weeks, I”ve been struck by how fragile the effort is starting to seem and how clumsily the Common Core”ites seem to be responding to challenges. In the spirit of public service, here”s some advice.

The Common Core Conflation Syndrome: Standards & Curriculum

There is no Common Core curriculum, radical or otherwise.

Poor Children Need a Hand Up, Not Hospice

Does the progressive vision of schooling work to help poor children gain the skills and knowledge and confidence and connections that will allow them to climb the ladder into the middle class?

What We’re Watching: Core Knowledge Curriculum in Action

The Core Knowledge Language Arts curriculum, being piloted in elementary schools in New York City, gives students a broad base of background knowledge in addition to decoding skills.

By Education Next    Curriculum, Multimedia, Video  

Behind the Headline: Who Should Be in the Gifted Program?

In Slate, Sarah Garland writes about efforts to make gifted classes more inclusive.

Behind the Headline: Read It, and Finally, Don’t Weep

In New York City, the Education Department is dropping its longtime literacy curriculum as part of a shift to the new Common Core standards.

‘No Excuses’ Kids Go to College

Will high-flying charters see their low-income students graduate?

Will high-flying charters see their low-income students graduate?

Choosing Blindly

How can we tolerate ignorance on something that is as critical to student learning as instructional materials?

By Guest Bloggers    Blog, Curriculum, Editorial  

The Fate of the Common Core: The View from 2022

The Core is still with us, of course, but it remains a shadow of what its more optimistic proponents envisioned a decade ago.

The Common Core Math Standards

Are they a step forward or backward?

Are they a step forward or backward?

Putting the Schools in Charge

An entrepreneur’s vision for a more responsive education system

An entrepreneur’s vision for a more responsive education system

Reading is NOT Fundamental: Knowledge Is

It is encouraging news that New York City’s three-year-old pilot project testing the content-rich Core Knowledge Language Arts curriculum has proved so far “a brilliant experiment in reading.”

High Schoolers in College

Dual enrollment programs offer something for everyone

Dual enrollment programs offer something for everyone

Are We Lifting All Boats or Only Some?

Equity versus excellence and the talented tenth

Equity versus excellence and the talented tenth

The Arts and the Cities Need Arts Education

A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts confirms what politicians need to hear: If you do not bolster arts education classes in K-12 schools, your arts organizations will continue to lose audience.

Challenging the Gifted

Nuclear chemistry and Sartre draw the best and brightest to Reno

Nuclear chemistry and Sartre draw the best and brightest to Reno

What Did Klein Learn? Not Much, Apparently

I love Joel Klein. He made New York City a magnet for reform-minded entrepreneurs, sent forth more than a few excellent leaders to other big city school systems, and is never afraid to speak his truth. But his Wall Street Journal op-ed today is really lame.

All Together Now?

Educating high and low achievers in the same classroom

Educating high and low achievers in the same classroom

The College Board and Foreign Languages

Italian professors all across the country should salute the College Board and the advocates who pressed for reviving the course, including Dr. Margaret Cuomo, the Italian Language Foundation, and the Italian Government.

Holding Students Accountable for Changing into Their Gym Clothes

Are traditional P.E. classes likely to be an effective tool in fighting obesity? What little research there is finds no association between PE and weight loss and obesity. One reason more P.E. has not led to weight loss might be that traditional PE classes do not always offer students a real workout, particularly in high school. Students don’t like having to change into gym clothes and get sweaty in the middle of the day. So P.E. teachers may end up grading students in part based on whether they change into their P.E. clothes. The 25th Hour PE class at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia is different.

Advocating for Arts in the Classroom

Academic discipline or instrument of personal change?

Academic discipline or instrument of personal change?

A Language Arts Curriculum for Students in Jail

In “School on the Inside: Teaching the incarcerated student,” just posted on the Ed Next website, David Chura writes about teaching language arts for 10 years in a New York county penitentiary. Chura is the author of I Don’t Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup. While the […]

When Schools Shun Competition, Middle Class Families Seek It Out After School

June Kronholz writes that the self-esteem movement in the 1990s made many educators squeamish about competi­tion. In fact, American educators have had a love/hate relationship with it over the past century. But what we have seen is that as schools move away from promoting competition, those parents who think schools are not providing enough competitive outlets go outside of the traditional education system.

By Guest Blogger Hilary Levey    Blog, Curriculum, Editorial  

Edutopia: Inside George Lucas’ Quixotic Plan to Save America’s Schools

It was just about a year ago that I first started paying attention to Edutopia. They’ve been around for years, but they weren’t on my radar screen. Then suddenly, they wouldn’t stay off it. You couldn’t listen to the radio without hearing their ubiquitous underwriting credit on NPR, with its sublimely confident tagline “What Works in Public Education.”

By Guest Blogger Robert Pondiscio    Blog, Curriculum, Editorial  

E.D. Hirsch, Cultural Literacy and American Democracy

In a new book, The Making of Americans, E.D. Hirsch explicitly connects the idea of cultural literacy to the subject of civics—“the role of a common system of public schools in educating a citizenry to the level necessary to maintain a democracy.”

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