A new study has found startling gaps in the civic knowledge of recent American college graduates. Perhaps the most shocking revelation is that 80% of the recent college graduates surveyed could not correctly identify James Madison as the “Father of the Constitution” and 50% erroneously believed that Thomas Jefferson, instead, wrote this historical document. At Common Core, we were disappointed that college graduates lacked basic content knowledge that should be learned in high school, or in even earlier grades.
The thoughtful conversation found in Rick Hess's interview with Student Achievement's Jason Zimba about the challenges of CCSS implementation is a welcome reprieve from the noise generated by CCSS critics lately. The idea that the CCSS do not allow you to get to Algebra in 8th grade, or to teach great literature in EVERY grade, is ludicrous. I know this because my organization, Common Core, has created extensive curriculum materials based on both the ELA and mathematics standards. […]
Dr. Tim Shanahan, director of the University of Illinois' center for literacy and chair of the department of curriculum and instruction, knows the secret for teachers to successfully put into practice Common Core ELA standards. Buy better books. He pens in his blog, Shanahan on Literacy: "I can't imagine schools reaching the common core without making changes to their texts (how big those changes will need to be will depend on what is in place now, of course)."
As a K-4 ELA teacher in a Title One public school, I attest to the great need of thinking […]
Common Core trustee Carol Jago is on a roll. Not only did she recently write (in the Washington Post) the smartest thing we've read about the literary vs. informational text "debate," but now she's published a New York Times piece that provides any educator with an excellent lesson in how to write the sort of "text-dependent questions" that are at the heart of Common Core State Standards […]
Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy, and Yong Zhao, associate dean for global education at the University of Oregon's College of Education, agree that labor markets continue to go global and that it is unclear what new jobs could emerge for today's students, raising the question of how best to educate students today. In a Washington Post blog, however, Tucker challenges Zhao's claim that "standards mean standardization…[which] lead to an inability to produce creative solutions."
Tucker, instead, […]