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The Conservative Case for Common Core

NOTE: William Bennett admits business consulting firm DCI Group paid him for the pro-Common Core op-ed in the Wall Street ...
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INDEX OF COMMON CORE [SIC] STANDARDS

 Data Command Center

Stop the Data Abuse--NOW!

Much of the data warehoused about students comes from standardized tests. John Merrow devised this questionnaire, which he recommends parents give to their superintendents. It's a good first ste...
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INDEX OF DATA COMMAND FORCE

 Commentaries

State-sanctioned child abuse
This is from the Stamford Advocate, Nov. 15, 2013. Wendy Lecker is a c...
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INDEX OF COMMENTARIES

Duncanisms

Teaching Our Teachers

Technology offers extraordinary new capacities to teachers. The vast breadth and depth of educational materials and other information available on the internet can break boundaries, making any s...
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INDEX OF DUNCANISMS

 Gerald Bracey tributes

Remembering Dr. Bracey in All the Public School Turmoil
These days, the late Gerald Bracey's name comes up frequently. Nancy Bailey tells why. by Nancy Bailey I was thinking the other day about Ge...
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INDEX OF GERALD BRACEY TRIBUTES

 RTTT & NCLB Outrages

The Children Left Behind: What happened to the students pushed out by high-stakes testing?
Ohanian Comment: Although the story told here is a Texas story, Nathan makes clear that NCLB and its focus on test scores has done inestimable damage to countless young ...
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INDEX OF RTTT & NCLB OUTRAGES

 The Eggplant

Gates, Broad, Duncan, and Oprah form Quaternareate to Deliver Teacher Excellence
by Susan Ohanian Researchers at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, and Oprah Winfrey Network have built a robot that can sel...
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 Outrage of the Day 

Here's how a hedge funder spreads his philanthropy.

Note: In July 2013, SAC Capital Advisors, hedge fund founded by Stephen Cohen, was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with failing to prevent insider trading.[4][5] In Nove...
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INDEX OF OUTRAGES OF THE DAY

 Quotes

"Well, once I did a drawing for The New Yorker of a naked woman on all fours up on top of a bookcase--a big bookcase. She's up there near the ceiling, and in the room are her husband and two other women. The husband is saying to one of the women, obviously a guest, 'This is the present Mrs. Harris. That's my first wife up there.' Well, when I did the cartoon originally I meant the naked woman to be at the top of a flight of stairs, but I lost the sense of perspective and instead of getting in the stairs when I drew my line down, there she was stuck up there, naked, on a bookcase. <br><br> Incidentally, that cartoon really threw <i>The New Yorker</i> editor, Harold Ross. He approached any humorous piece of writing, or more particularly a drawing, not only grimly but realistically. He called me on the phone and asked if the woman up on the bookcase was supposed to be alive, stuffed, or dead. I said, 'I don't know, but I'll let you know in a couple of hours.' After a while I called him back and told him I'd just talked to my taxidermist, who said you can't stuff a woman, that my doctor had told me a dead woman couldn't support herself on all fours. 'So, Ross,'I said, 'she must be alive.' 'Well then,' he said, 'what's she doing up there naked in the home of her husband's second wife?' I told him he had me there. <br><br> <a href="http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/5003/the-art-of-fiction-no-10-james-thurber"> The Paris Review</a>"

—James Thurber, interview, The Paris Review, No. 10

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 NCLB In Your Face

Ask About the Administration's Suggestions to Revise the ESEA
You can borrow Stephen Krashen's fine questions for the Administration. Send them in! Use them for newspaper op eds. Share them with your PTA. by Kent Will...
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 Resisters' Letters

To the editor
Common core doesn't fix the real problem of education– poverty. Arguments for opposing the common core presented by Gov. Jindal ("Common Core: Bobby Jindal says Obama forcing a national c...
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INDEX OF LETTERS

 Yahoo, Good News! 

Colorado Group Plans for Opt-Out Billboards
September 12, 2014-- YOU can help a group of Colorado activists light a torch against Common Core testing.

If you are outraged by the tyranny of high
stakes standardized testing, please think about
donating to the Coalition for Better Education
for their annual billboard campaign. They are
raising money to erect billboards to inform
parents of their right to exempt their
children from this outrage.

Contribute to the Opt Out o...
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INDEX OF YAHOO, GOOD NEWS!

 Militarization of Our Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Duncan to Join Army Chief of Staff Gen. Casey in Announcing 'Project Pass' in Radcliff, Ky
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. has been in the Army since 1970. There is no record of how many public schools he has been in during this time, but he did wo...
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INDEX OF MILITARIZATION OF OUR SCHOOLS

 Stupid Test Items

California History-Social Science Standards Test
A student teacher comments: The correct answer was a). That the word relocated in a question could possibly be paired with an answer that has freedom in it is a...
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MORE TESTITEMS

 Sarah's Notes 

Mrs. Puglisi's 100 National Standards
by Sarah Puglisi I just read a nice editorial about HOW RELIEVED a newspaper is if we have National Standards. In the New York Times, you can read it
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INDEX OF SARAH'S NOTES

 Cartoon

Words Used by People Betting They Can Make a Profit on Public Education

The primary meaning of stakeholder in the Oxford English Dictionary identifies it as 'an independent person or organization with whom money is deposited, esp. when a number of people make a bet or other financial transaction.' It is thus financial, even speculative--notice the particular link to gambling, one of the most common 19th-century uses of the word. A 'stakeholder' is the person or group with whom others’ money is deposited, often a third party or trustee.

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INDEX OF CARTOONS

 Research that Counts

Tying Early Childhood Education More Closely to Schooling: Promise, Perils and Practical Problems
<span class="red"> For me, the sad reality is in this observation: "[I]t is not such a good idea to bring ECE and schooling closer together. Initiatives like prek-3rd will provide...
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INDEX OF RESEARCH THAT COUNTS

 

 NCLB Cartoon

Priorities

Did Arne ever attend a convention of the American Library Association?

Arne says technology delivers personalized learning.

INDEX OF NCLB CARTOONS

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