Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors
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Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors

The Business Roundtable announced last month that its #1 priority is the full adoption and implementation of the Common Core standards. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is likewise making a full-court press to advance the Common Core. Major corporations have taken out full-page ads to insist that the Common Core must be adopted. Many leading figures in the … Continue reading

Who Is Charlotte Danielson and Why Does She Decide How Teachers Are Evaluated?
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Who Is Charlotte Danielson and Why Does She Decide How Teachers Are Evaluated?

A New York Times editorial endorsed the state imposed teacher evaluation system for New York City as “an important and necessary step toward carrying out the rigorous new Common Core education reforms.” The system is based on the Danielson Framework for Teaching developed by Charlotte Danielson and marketed by the Danielson Group of Princeton, New Jersey. Michael Mulgrew, … Continue reading

A teacher’s troubling account of giving a 106-question standardized test to 11 year olds
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A teacher’s troubling account of giving a 106-question standardized test to 11 year olds

We’re just a month into school and already the testing madness has begun. Many Pittsburgh Public School students have just taken their first round of standardized tests, and it’s time to ask some serious questions about their purpose, the ever-increasing number of tests, and the impact on our children. Let’s start with this troubling account … Continue reading