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Smarter Balanced: Lacking Smarts; Precariously Balanced

more on CCSS and “college readiness” claims…

deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog

In this time of  “public-education-targeted boldness,” the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has made the American public one whopper of a “bold” promise:

The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live. [Emphasis added.]

There is neither now nor never has been any empirical investigation to substantiate this “bold” claim.

Indeed, CCSS has not been around long enough to have been thoroughly tested. Instead, the above statement–which amounts to little more than oft-repeated advertising– serves as its own evidence.

However, if it’s on the *official* CCSS website, and if CCSS proponents repeat it constantly, that must make it true… right?

Keep clicking your heels, Dorothy.

Now, it is one issue to declare that CCSS works. It is quite another to attempt to anchor CCSS assessments to the above cotton…

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High school “graduates” with reading skills unready for college – just another example of the damage to a child’s future when teachers have to accept administrative forced promotion of failing students

“High school “graduates” with reading skills unready for college – just another example of the damage to a child’s future when teachers have to accept administrative forced promotion of failing students”

Lifting the Curtain

When both the ACT and SAT testing services report that less than half of 2013 students tested were ready for college, it is as strong an indication possible that something serious is wrong with the education system. Routinely today, students have to take a remedial side trips to community colleges, or take developmental make-up courses of high school material in their freshman year of a 4-year college, just to be able to later start the “college-level” courses.

Why? Of course the easy answer is “bad teachers” for those outside the actual classrooms.  But, as with many of the system failures in urban high school education that are hidden behind the curtain of the school entryway, or behind the career DoE bureaucrat promises, few see that teachers forced to promote failing students, and forced mandates to teach to the standardized test regardless of student ability, are the real culprits here.

Anonymous is…

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UNESCO and the Education Technology Industry: A Recipe for Making Public Education a Profiteering Enterprise. PART III




AUTHORS NOTE: Following the completion of this research (22 pages worth) I came across a document from UNESCO in 2002 that sums it up. Given this recent find, the ensuing research is not necessary to “prove” what I suspected: that UNESCO is steering the global ship of privatization. But enjoy the timeline of events and findings nevertheless—each slice of evidence simply further illustrates what is written in this 2002 document called Education Privatization: Causes, Consequences and Planning Implications. Well, the title says it all. This document promotes a slew of market-based reforms that might have well come from ALEC including: voucher programs, promotes charter schools, accountability, and data mining. The article states, “In general, the World Bank (and other supranational agencies) has encouraged reforms which lead toward privatization of public education” (p.32). At the conclusion of this trope, the authors…

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Reviewing The Teacher Wars, a History of America’s Most Embattled Profession

Crazy Normal - the Classroom Exposé

Reading Dana Goldstein’sbook was a journey of discovery that I wished I’d taken in 1975, before I ended up teaching for thirty years in the embattled and often abused public schools.


About the time I reached page 100, I e-mailed an old friend and told him that if I’d read this book before I went into education, I might have changed my mind. Maybe I would have even given the U.S. Marines a second chance at a career.

However, by the time I reached page 274 and finished Goldstein’s book, I changed my mind and was glad I spent thirty years in the classroom fighting the barbarians and fools who are working hard to destroy public education through politics.

On page 250 in the bound galley supplied by Amazon, Goldstein says, “The policy, one of several school turnaround strategies suggested by (President Obama’s) Race to the Top, is based…

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