When everybody is supposed to go to college, what happens to college standards? Chester Finn seems quite surprised to understand the cause and effect of the Common Core State Standards he helped to promote through The Fordham Institute. He contends the alleged original intent of the standards (higher ...Read more 0
The question (*posted by a British educational provider) was answered and debated on twitter recently. Tom Bennett started an interesting twitter conversation on this question. There were several answers on why education is more than just learning how to use Google ‘facts’, the result of using Google (does it ...Read more Comments Off on Twitter Question: Why Should Students Memorize Facts When They’ve Got Google?
Republican Proposes Eliminating Department of Education. Here Are 7 Reasons That’s A Great Idea. For years, I fought the NEA as a teacher, to teach to the student, the individual student instead of the “class.” Sadly, at tis point, the NEA is more interested in political statements an political ...Read more Comments Off on Could our public schools be better run by state and local citizens?
Missouri Education Watchdog by Cheri Kiesecker Even though Common Core has been acknowledged as a major campaign issue and is the focus of a heated debate in education, it was not mentioned during the hearing to confirm our new US Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. We have to wonder why no Democrat, no ...Read more Comments Off on Who’s afraid of Common Core and who supports it? Questions for leaders.
The Federal bureaucrats in the US Department of Education are worried about the data mining via the structure (student longitudinal data systems) they supported which captures student/family Personally Identifiable Information (PII). The bureaucrats endorsed the use of PII which was mandated via The State Stabilization Fund and ESSA. Now ...Read more Comments Off on Karma: Student PII Data Mining Concerns Coming Home to Roost for Dept of Ed Bureaucrats
Missouri Education Watchdog by Cheri Kiesecker Jeb Bush has heavily promoted Common Core; he’s even been referred to as the godfather of ed reform. Betsy DeVos, our newly nominated US Secretary of Education, is listed as a Board Member on Jeb’s (Pro-Common Core) Foundation for Excellence in Education. Side note: For those claiming ...Read more Comments Off on Emails from Jeb’s Chiefs for Change and Foundation for Excellence in Ed show nonprofits and government working hand in hand to lead states to Common Core and Online Learning
A factual, albeit politically incorrect article has been written by Heather MacDonald on what’s wrong with public schools, Violence in the Halls, Disorder in the Malls, and here is a spoiler alert about its findings: it’s not anything that ‘higher’ standards and federalized educational mandates can fix. The ...Read more Comments Off on The Problems in Schools Cannot be Fixed by ESSA/CCSS Mandates
The MEW January 1, 2015 article recently appeared in Facebook memories. You can find it here. It might as well have been written for a New Year’s greeting to the educational elites in 2017 as it dealt with the CCSS architects defending the failing standards in a National Public ...Read more Comments Off on Note to Common Core/ESSA Proponents: You are the Gurus of Fake News.
It’s the Christmas season and most of us would like to hear uplifting stories this time of year. The following story illustrates what can occur in education delivery/policy when teachers/administrators/private foundations think outside of a common curriculum and teaching techniques to reach students with learning disabilities. A positive story ...Read more Comments Off on Why is a Missouri Teacher of the Year Teaching in a Private Start-Up High School?
Missouri Education Watchdog by Cheri Kiesecker Betsy DeVos, President Elect Trump’s pick for US Secretary of Ed has recently stated that she is opposed to Common Core. Interestingly, her home state of Michigan is trying to pass a bill, SB-826, to repeal the Common Core standards and replace them with, not a re-brand, but Pre-Common Core ...Read more Comments Off on Michigan Has Bill to Repeal Common Core – Where’s DeVos support?
Missouri Education Watchdog by Cheri Kiesecker President Elect Trump’s choice for US Secretary of Ed, Betsy DeVos, is pro- choice. So parents would like to know: Would Ms. DeVos support ensuring parents the CHOICE of whether to have their children datamined? Apparently, Ms. DeVos supports allowing big technology companies to datamine children, ...Read more Comments Off on DreamBox, Datamining & DeVos?
If you follow education reform, this Thanksgiving has been, well, interesting. Twitter comments on the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary have ranged from those celebrating a charter school proponent to those concerned about her apparent 11th hour conversion against Common Core and praise from Jeb Bush: Many ...Read more Comments Off on Stuffing the Public Education Turkey: How’s it going to Turn Out With DeVos as the Cook?