A Playbook for the Common Core'ites: Part I

I"ve long said that the Common Core strikes me as an intriguing effort that could do much good. The past couple weeks, I"ve been struck by how fragile the effort is starting to seem and how clumsily the Common Core"ites seem to be responding to challenges. In the spirit of public service, here"s some advice.

The Common Core Conflation Syndrome: Standards & Curriculum

There is no Common Core curriculum, radical or otherwise.

Poor Children Need a Hand Up, Not Hospice

Does the progressive vision of schooling work to help poor children gain the skills and knowledge and confidence and connections that will allow them to climb the ladder into the middle class?

Behind the Headline: Who Should Be in the Gifted Program?

In Slate, Sarah Garland writes about efforts to make gifted classes more inclusive.

Behind the Headline: Read It, and Finally, Don’t Weep

In New York City, the Education Department is dropping its longtime literacy curriculum as part of a shift to the new Common Core standards.

Choosing Blindly

How can we tolerate ignorance on something that is as critical to student learning as instructional materials?

The Fate of the Common Core: The View from 2022

The Core is still with us, of course, but it remains a shadow of what its more optimistic proponents envisioned a decade ago.

Reading is NOT Fundamental: Knowledge Is

It is encouraging news that New York City’s three-year-old pilot project testing the content-rich Core Knowledge Language Arts curriculum has proved so far “a brilliant experiment in reading.”

The Arts and the Cities Need Arts Education

A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts confirms what politicians need to hear: If you do not bolster arts education classes in K-12 schools, your arts organizations will continue to lose audience.

What Did Klein Learn? Not Much, Apparently

I love Joel Klein. He made New York City a magnet for reform-minded entrepreneurs, sent forth more than a few excellent leaders to other big city school systems, and is never afraid to speak his truth. But his Wall Street Journal op-ed today is really lame.


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