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Common Core

6 Schools That Can’t Produce One Student Proficient in English or Math

A Project Baltimore investigation has found five Baltimore City high schools and one middle school do not have a single student proficient in the state tested subjects of math and English. These are the dumbed-down Common Core tests. Despite the fact that the students are illiterate, many are on ...
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Jeb Bush says, “Parents know best for their children.” Does that mean PARENTS can choose schools without Common Core standards, tests, data?

Missouri Education Watchdog by Cheri Kiesecker If parents know best, why not let PARENTS choose? Betsy DeVos recently declared there is no more Common Core.  Tell that to the parents in 46 states/territories  who still have common core standards, and still have the common core tests tied to accountability, ...
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“Alike”: A Visual Representation of a Standardized Life.

Is your child’s school experience like this?  Joyful and creative? Or like this?  Is creativity stifled in the quest for common expectations? An insightful short film on the effects of utilitarian education should be watched by parents, teachers, administrators, school board members and legislators so they can understand the ...
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Achieve #coreadvocates: This is When Parents Will Join Them. “When Pigs Fly”

  Achieve the Core recently held a conference in Denver where #coreadvoactes tweeted their support of Common Core and NGO directed educational policy.    From a sampling of the tweets, Common Core writers (not elected by your state boards of education) Sue Pimental and Jason Zimba served as cheerleaders and thought ...
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This Baby Will Be Ready to Tackle Common Core Technology. What’s Not to Love?

Witnessed at a restaurant this past week: a child less than 2 years old entertaining herself the entire time while her parents ignored her before dinner (talking with an adult friend while waiting for dinner) and then when the parents were eating dinner: Her swiping skills were exceptional.  Her ...
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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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