The Education Gadfly Daily

Mr. President: please , please , please , please , please , please don’t mention the Common Core.
Ohio ranked 28th out of 43 states and the District of Columbia on NAPCS' most recent ranking of charter school laws in the U.S. Ohio's kids and parents deserve better and now is the time.
Vince Bertram
Our nation’s education crisis is not exaggerated, nor is the risk to our economic prosperity and national security. The United States Department of Commerce estimates that by 2018, our country will have 1.2 million unfilled jobs in the science, technology, engineer, and math (STEM) fields because...
Whitney Marcavage
The American Federation for Children applauds the folks over at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute for stirring up debate about academic accountability within private-school-choice programs via the release of their policy “ toolkit ” last week. It’s an important conversation to have. As the only...
It’s no fun to argue with friends—at least not about serious matters—and worse to find respected colleagues slipping into error or avoiding reality. But that’s my regretful take on where Jay Greene and Rick Hess have headed on the (admittedly tricky) issue of accountability for voucher schools. The...
The funny thing about eras is that it’s hard to know which one you are in until it is coming to an end. As the fighting among conservatives heats up over the Common Core, the era of standards-driven reform that has defined conservative education policy for the past three decades is brought into...
Sam Chaltain, Richard Kahlenberg, and Michael J. Petrilli
From 2000 to 2010, the white share of the District of Columbia’s population grew from 30.8 percent to 38 percent . And from 2000 to 2012, the median household income in the city rose 23.3 percent while the nation saw a 6.6 percent decline , adjusted for inflation. This rapid gentrification provides...
A brief review of EducationFirst's take on PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments
Our slim new book Knowledge at the Core: Don Hirsch, Core Knowledge, and the Future of the Common Core has three large aims. First, it pays tribute to three decades of scholarship and service to American education by E. D. (Don) Hirsch, Jr., author of Cultural Literacy (and three other prescient...
Lisa Hansel
Pop quiz! Which of the following statements is in the Common Core State Standards? (a) Through extensive reading of stories, dramas, poems, and myths from diverse cultures and different time periods, students gain literary and cultural knowledge. (b) By reading texts in history/social studies,...

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