Posts from May 2015

Posted May 29, 2015

In My Kindergarten Classroom, We Work AND Play

A recent op-ed in The New York Times creates a false opposition between play and the Common Core. In my experience as a kindergarten teacher,…

By Heidi Dull

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Posted May 29, 2015

Setting A Floor, Not a Ceiling: Balancing Rigor and Play

As a preschool teacher, I am constantly searching for new and innovative ways to challenge my students academically, while also engaging them in age-appropriate play.…

By Alexandra Nardo

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Posted May 29, 2015

On Being First in Your Family

In support of #ProofPointDay Education Post staff share their reflections on being a first-generation college student. Caroline Bermudez When you’re a first-generation student, your hopes…

By Caroline Bermudez, Valentina Korkes, Hanna Grace Frank

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Posted May 28, 2015

Hey Atlantic, Accuracy Matters Too

Anne Quito reports on design, not education, so perhaps it’s understandable that she’s not up to speed on the origin and implementation of the Common Core. Still, we’d hope that somewhere in The Atlantic’s editing and fact-checking process on her recent paean to penmanship, Why Cursive Mattered, someone would have pointed out this totally false premise in her introduction: Since the U.S. Department of Education dropped cursive…

By Education Post

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Posted May 28, 2015

Teachers, It’s Time to Make Our Voices Heard

Educators today face many challenges that did not exist years ago. Amidst evaluation documentation, learning and mastering new standards, being a filter between the world…

By Paige Dulaney

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Posted May 28, 2015

Okay, I Admit It, They Were Right About Going to College

They all believed I should go to college. I didn’t agree. My parents and teachers were right. It took me a while to admit it.…

By Alejandra Pernia

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Posted May 28, 2015

This Illinois State Rep Needs to Read the Fine Print

As Springfield, Illinois debates the merits and risks to students, schools and districts of proposed House Bill 306 opt-out bill, it's important that the elected officials get their facts straight. In a Chicago Sun-Times article, the bill sponsor, Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, just gets it wrong. Guzzardi is quoted as saying: “There is no federal law that says that our state has to test 95 percent of our students,” Guzzardi said.…

By Education Post

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Posted May 28, 2015

‘Correcting’ the Record Should Involve Actual Corrections

In an attempt to “correct” the record, the Washington Examiner fails Journalism 101 and not only incorrectly labels a statement a “lie,” but also perpetuates additional mistruths in its inaccurate and over-the-top coverage of the Common Core: Kasich also falsely implied that President Obama had nothing to do with Common Core adoption. President Obama essentially forced states to agree to adopt Common Core before they could get a…

By Education Post

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Posted May 27, 2015

Lily Eskelsen-Garcia Wrongly Attacks Federal Policy

In a series of guest posts last week on Rick Hess’ Education Week blog, National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen-Garcia attacked standardized testing and standards-based accountability with “exaggeration and misinformation.” Look, we can disagree on policy points, but over-the-top and misleading rhetoric (“No Child Left Untested,” “Testing Industrial Complex,” “high test scores are the purpose of education”)…

By Education Post

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Posted May 27, 2015

Of Course There’s Poverty, But Everything We Do In School Matters Too

Is it possible to speak honestly about barriers to student achievement and then ignore all school factors when doing so? No, it isn’t. Everything we…

By Jessica Waters

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Making the Case for More Men of Color in Early Education

As educators, we have an obligation to give our students every opportunity to succeed. Parents rely on us to ensure their children are armed with…

By Royston Maxwell Lyttle

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Posted Oct. 11, 2017

I’m Not From Nashville But I Can Tell Their Black and Brown Kids Are Getting Cheated Out of Good Schools

“You’re from Chicago—you can’t tell us anything about Nashville!” This is what I’m expecting to hear from the anti-reform people who read this blog. But…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 11, 2017

Stop Berating Black and Brown Parents Over Charters (and Give Your Twitter Fingers a Rest)

I read too many education arguments for my own good. It’s a known issue in my household. The argument I find most cringe-inducing is the…

By Nate Bowling

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