This weekend on “Fox News Sunday,” anchor Chris Wallace credited his guest, Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, with leading the nation as the “first state to fall out of the Common Core national education standards.” If only it were true. Read more.
Significant overall reduction in time spent on classic literary texts will make it difficult to give poetry the prominence it deserves
BOSTON – April is National Poetry Month, but poetry is not well addressed in Common Core’s English language arts standards. It’s unclear whether the genre will survive a Common Core-based English classroom given the dramatic reduction in time spent on literary texts implicitly mandated by these national standards, and the ambivalence, if not hostility, of the standards writers towards literature, according to a new study published by Pioneer Institute.
Another state just broke the chains. Come on Massachusetts!
Published on Dec 16, 2013
At a recent HWRSD school committee meeting, I was sitting in the audience, listening to the school committee members and the superintendent speak, and present a (rather flimsy) chart, attempting to justify the addition of new evaluation staff.
As they spoke, I looked around, and saw that several teachers were shaking their heads, as if to say, “no, what they’re saying up there is not true”. I had spoken in person with several teachers at both schools, and it was clear that they did not want to go on record for fear of reprisal from the administration, who was not listening to either their concerns or their suggestions for improvement.
Apparently, this is situation is not isolated to our school district. If you’re curious about why this, is read this article, entitled:
With very little notice to parents and little to no input by teachers, the school system announced it is pushing through a program requiring every family with a student in the 9th or 10th grade to lease an iPad through the school.
The program is basically a mandatory iPad leasing program through the school. It adds $75,000 in expense to the school system. The lease for the iPad will cost $318 per child per year paid directly by the family. At the end of the lease, the iPad returns to the school.
The adminstration presented NO educational justification for the program, and there are many reasons why this universal “one size fits all” program may in fact be a detriment to the educational process in the school. Teachers were NOT involoved in developing the program, and many feel dragged along by the administration in their effort to push the program through without answering questions or giving time for discussion of the merits.
There is strong evidence this program is driven primarly by profit motive of technology firms supplying the devices, software, Common Core/PARCC evaluations and texts that come pre-installed as part of the program.