Pioneer: Common Core is rotten | Joanne

Pioneer Institute’s new book, Drilling through the Core, argues that Common Core standards are “bad for American education.”

The book, edited by Peter W. Wood, includes chapters by Sandra Stotsky, R. James Milgram, Williamson Evers, Ze’ev Wurman, Mark Bauerlein and others.

The book attacks Common Core’s “deleterious effects on curriculum . . . as well as its questionable legality, its roots in the aggressive spending of a few wealthy donors, its often-underestimated costs, and the untold damage it will wreak on American higher education,” according to Pioneer.

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Core support erodes, right and left | Joanne

Common Core support is eroding on the left and the right, according to two new polls, writes Rick Hess in National Review.

Depending on how the questions are phrased, “it’s possible to argue that the public supports the Common Core by more than two to one or that it opposes it by more than two to one,” he writes.

“Support on the right melted away between 2012 and 2015, but Democratic support has also steadily softened,” writes Hess. In that period, “the share of Democrats opposed to the Common Core has increased about fivefold — from 5 percent to 25 percent.”

“New York was one of the…

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Reimagining the U.S. High School: An Open Letter to Laurene Powell Jobs (Part 1) | larrycuban

Dear Mrs. Laurene Powell Jobs:

I commend you for initiating a national challenge to transform the comprehensive high school into a Super School and putting $50 million on the stump for experts, parents, practitioners, and academics to compete for in creating better high schools than exist now. Reinventing the high school should generate an enormous range of suggestions for your expert panel to consider after the national round of open meetings end in November. What you are launching is worthwhile especially if it were to spark a national conversation about the goals of tax-supported public…

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Recent Evidence On The New Orleans School Reforms | mdicarlo

A new study of New Orleans (NOLA) schools since Katrina, published by the Education Research Alliance (ERA), has caused a predictable stir in education circles (the results are discussed in broader strokes in this EdNext article, while the full paper is forthcoming). The study’s authors, Doug Harris and Matthew Larsen, compare testing outcomes before and after the hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, in districts that were affected by those storms. The basic idea, put simply, is to compare NOLA schools to those in other storm-affected districts, in order to assess the general impact of…

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If unions lose agency fees, what next? | Joanne

Teachers’ unions could lose money, members and political clout, if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against “agency fees,” writes Michael Antonucci in Education Next.

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association challenges the California law requiring teachers who haven’t joined the union to pay fees meant to cover collective bargaining, but not political activity.

Friedrichs plaintiffs assert that the agency-fee system infringes their rights to free speech and free association, he writes. “They maintain that collective bargaining in the public sector is itself inherently…

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Stuurloos in de informatiestroom | Paul Kirschner

Deze tekst stond oorspronkelijk in het oktober 2013 nummer van Didactief . Onlangs publiceerde ik het artikel als Engelstalige blog met Miriam Neelen op onze blogsite 3‑Star Learning Experiences. Op verzoek van een aantal Nederlandse docenten zet ik de Nederlandse versie hier. Onlangs hebben Jeroen van Merriënboer en ik in The Educational Psychologist[1] gepubliceerd over drie onderwijsmythes […]

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