A nationally representative survey of public-school teachers by a pro-Common Core organization found that 48 percent of middle-school teachers, a plurality, say fewer of their students are memorizing basic math formulas or times tables under Common Core. While pluralities of teachers for grades K-5 said their kids' math knowledge has stayed about the same, large numbers … Continue reading Survey: Teachers Say Students Are Learning Fewer Math Facts Under Common Core
Barry Garelick is a long-time math instruction analyst and current middle-school math teacher. For years he has done yeoman's work carefully analyzing Common Core math and showing precisely how it affects students, down to the level of individual math problems, approaches, and specific mandates. He recently responded to criticism of some of his work discussing … Continue reading How Bad Math Instruction Makes Kids More Emotional And Less Rational
We're hosting two public events in January: A Friends of the School volunteer and giver's meeting on January 17, and a January 28 TED-style talk during School Choice Week by Joy Pullmann titled "School Choice: Escape Hatch or Trojan Horse?" Joy will be giving a speech about her book at Hillsdale College on February 7, … Continue reading Don’t Miss Our January Events!
The latest international tests cores from the Programme for International Assessment came out last week, and U.S. high school students performed an average of 12 points worse than their peers had in 2012. Alice B. Lloyd at The Weekly Standard reports: PISA tests how well fifteen-year-olds stack up against their global contemporaries. In math American … Continue reading Latest International Test Scores Show Continued Downward U.S. Trend Following Common Core
A large new federal study that surveyed 2,500 teachers finds drastic changes between kindergarten in 2010 and in 1998, before massive increases in federal demands on schools. These young children spend more time sitting and listening to their teachers and completing worksheets, and drastically less time learning about music, art, and science, as well as drastically … Continue reading Study: Kindergarten Students Play Less, Do More Worksheets
Here is yet another example of how modern, progressive education puts children on the path to moral relativism at a young age. A philosophy professor writes in The New York Times of his son's encounters with portions of Common Core, the reigning curriculum model for nearly all U.S. public and private schools. When I went to … Continue reading How Common Core Directly Promotes Moral Relativism