Study: Common Core Disserves Math, Science Students

Common Core standards do not prepare students of math and sciences adequately for college, despite their claim to be “aligned with college and careerexpectations,” a new study on the standards reveals.

The highest-level math class required for students under the Common Core is a partial algebra II course, which is insufficient preparation for complex university level courses, the Pioneer Institute study “The Revenge of K-12” reports. The study was conducted by Richard Phelps, founder of the Nonpartisan Education Review, and James Milgram, an ...

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PERU ELEMENTARY SUPERINTENDENT WRITES SCATHING LETTER OPPOSING COMMON COR

By Ulysses Arn – 

With a new school year upon us the Superintendent of the Peru Elementary School District 124, Mark Cross, has penned a scathing letter to parents explaining his opposition to Common Core aligned standardized testing that all school districts in Illinois are required to take part in this school year.

 

The full letter from Superintendent Cross via the districts Facebook page:
Dear Parents,
Today is the first day of the 2014-15 ...
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Student Debt and Higher Education

There is no doubt that students are graduating with more debt for a college education than they did even a decade ago. However, student debt is not a new issue. Without student loans, I would not have been able to go to college. Loans carried me through my bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. It was a happy day when I paid them off, not all that long ago.

Student debt has been a hot topic of discussion in Washington, Albany, and ...

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Principals in U.S. Are More Likely to Consider Their Students Poor

The phrase “soft bigotry of low expectations” is inevitably associated with George W. Bush, who used it frequently. But whatever your politics, the idea has undeniable merit: If schools don’t expect much from their students, the students are not likely to accomplish much.

A new international study, set to be released Tuesday, argues that the United States has an expectation problem.

More so than any of the other 29 ...

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Education Reform is Dumb

Reformers, typically starting with the belief that American schools are failing, argue for any number of changes. Even though unions represent only 38 percent of America’s teachers, many say unions are ruining education. Even though charter schools are not necessarily cheaper to run and don’t produce better outcomes, some argue for more charter schools.  But their most peculiar talking point is money in education.  Click here for more

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Retired Briarcliff schools chief gets $1,000 a day in Putnam Valley

The budgets of New York’s school districts continue to get pummeled by back room agreements that enhance administrator’s pensions and allow or unlimited double dipping. When veteran educator Frances Wills retired as Briarcliff Manor’s superintendent in 2010, she left with a $50,000 bonus, and the promise of retirement funded by pensions from her 16 years in New York and another 25 years in Maine.  Later to be enhanced by a $1,000 per day 3 year contract.   Click here ...

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A ‘nationwide gentrification effect’ is segregating us by education

Did you know that the Census data suggests that in 1980 a college graduate could expect to earn about 38 percent more than a worker with only a high-school diploma. Since then, the difference in their wages has only widened as our economy has shifted to bestow greater and greater rewards on the well-educated. By 2000, that number was about 57 percent. By 2011: 73 percent.

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