March 27, 2017
Common Core

Common Core

Is Chester Finn *Really* Surprised at the Collapse of College Standards? He Was Warned About that Reality & Cause/Effect of CCSS in 2010.

  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 ...
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Hashtag To #BotorNot? Who funded the #CommonCore Project? (It’s not just Gates)

  Missouri Education Watchdog by Cheri Kiesecker Parents and grandparents who want only to have a say in their children’s education, to control how their data is collected and profiled, are made fun of yet again by the Gates Foundation and others in edtech.  #Awesome.  You can read all ...
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Twitter Question: Why Should Students Memorize Facts When They’ve Got Google?

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 ...
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Could our public schools be better run by state and local citizens?

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 ...
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New (and Much Needed) College Course: How to Spot Bull****

If you are offended by the word bull**** you might want to stop reading now.  However, if you think the main purpose of education is to teach human capital to be useful in the global economy, you know that this premise is indeed bull****.  If you believe the current ...
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Who’s afraid of Common Core and who supports it? Questions for leaders.

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 ...
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Karma: Student PII Data Mining Concerns Coming Home to Roost for Dept of Ed Bureaucrats

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 ...
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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

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 ...
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The Problems in Schools Cannot be Fixed by ESSA/CCSS Mandates

  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 ...
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Note to Common Core/ESSA Proponents: You are the Gurus of Fake News.

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 ...
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Why is a Missouri Teacher of the Year Teaching in a Private Start-Up High School?

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 ...
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Michigan Has Bill to Repeal Common Core – Where’s DeVos support?

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 ...
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DreamBox, Datamining & DeVos?

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, ...
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Stuffing the Public Education Turkey: How’s it going to Turn Out With DeVos as the Cook?

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 ...
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