Behind the Headline: The Common Core Makes Simple Math More Complicated. Here’s Why.

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The Common Core Makes Simple Math More Complicated. Here’s Why.
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The Common Core Math Standards: Are They a Step Forward or Backward?
Summer 2012 | Education Next

The Common Core math standards will require that elementary school kids not just to know how to subtract, multiply and divide, but to understand what they’re doing and why, notes Libby Nelson. The theory is that if students understand why they do math the way they do, they’ll be able to apply their skills more flexibly, she explains. Parents may be confused by the new math but math teachers are asking parents to please not try to teach kids the old way of doing math.

Two mathematicians, Ze’ev Wurman and Stephen Wilson, debate whether the Common Core math standards are a step forward or a step backward here.

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The Testing Pendulum

By 04/18/2014 1 Comment

If NCLB represented the farthest point of the testing pendulum’s swing to the right, many forces beyond gravity alone are now pulling it leftward.

The Paradoxical Logic of Ed Reform Politics (Part 2)

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The paradoxical logic of military and political strategy is a result of the fact that in the strategic world one’s opponent is able to react to your efforts with counter-moves.

Will Youth CareerConnect Disrupt or Sustain?

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The ambitious program could fund the development of truly disruptive models for educating students in a manner that is tightly connected to workforce opportunities.

The Broad Prize and the Courage to Change

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Is the best urban district good enough?

Is TFA to Blame for the Rise in Teacher Attrition?

By 04/14/2014 3 Comments

No, or at least not very much

Behind the Headline: Appeals Panel Rebuffs Foes of Online Instruction in Two Charter Schools

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A state court in New Jersey rejected arguments by the teachers union against two charter schools in Newark that use blended learning.

The Paradoxical Logic of Ed Reform Politics

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The brute force and directness required for adopting national standards makes its effective implementation in a diverse, decentralized, and democratic country impossible.

Jeb Bush, the Common Core, and 2016

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In a crowded 2016 field, education could and should be a critical asset for a potential Bush candidacy. What happens with Common Core over the next 24 months will determine whether it is.

The Opt-Out Outrage

Is it legal to opt your child out of state tests? Should it be legal?

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