"There is a widely held belief ... that if we start teaching children to read, write, and spell in preschool and kindergarten that they will be ahead of the game ... that pushing our kids to start early will make them better and give them the edge. But it doesn’t work that way, in fact it … Continue reading Education’s Learned Idiots
WHAT A MESS! Wait! Wait! Wait! This Common Core reform was supposed to turn every kid into a planetary genius ... too smart for the rest of the world. Finland was gonna beg for our secrets. China and Japan, too. Bill Gates told us so. David Coleman swore on a stack of SATs. Arne Duncan … Continue reading Common Core Blows Up! Let’s ‘Act’ Surprised!
Check your child for neck bolts … the educational Frankensteins are at it again. Forget geography, language arts, and math … schools are now all about feelings. And emotions. And attitudes. It’s the hot-rage in education … the creepy premise that schools can instill acceptable human emotions and reactions in your child because … I … Continue reading The Lost Schools
A genius he is not. Andrew Cuomo wants be president of the United States. He also thinks he can sue the Supreme Court. “We have a better legal case when the Supreme Court acts because I will sue when the Supreme Court acts …” How do you sue the Supreme Court? You can’t. There is … Continue reading Andrew Cuomo: Democrat Genius
"We conclude that testing instruments that put children in a virtual stupor cannot be defended as sound testing practice … nor as a way to raise standards or serve as a foundation for high-stakes decisions ..." Well done, Bill Gates! Bravo, David Coleman! Take a bow … Arne Duncan and John King. And special thanks … Continue reading ZERO
How much does misery cost? "About another $12.1 billion over the next few years. Nationally exceeding $80 Billion since 2010." That should be some first-class misery. And it’s on you. Your treat! Enjoy! The vulture capitalists can smell your misery from miles away … and they’re so ready to pick your wallets clean. Big … Continue reading The High Cost of Common Core Misery
"Instinct tells us never to place children in the middle of a muddle. But here we are … hearing unbelieving tales of adult unfairness that seem such the antithesis of what is expected from the guardians of our children..."
About refusing these tests ... a mom writes ... "Although I am 100% against it, and I have made my feelings clearly known to my husband, my son specifically asked that he be allowed to [take the] test … and my husband feels like we should allow him to do it. I am beyond frustrated … Continue reading Helping Your Children Refuse
“Why do we protest one meaningless test and ignore the real harm being done day after day for years now? Opting out changed nothing for the children.” A Patchogue-Medford, NY, mom And she’s right. Fighting today’s education reform battles with yesterday’s tactics is a feel-good waste of time. “Nostalgia is a seductive liar.” Remember that. … Continue reading Spring Testing – Time For Hardball – An OptOut/WalkOut
This moment of pedagogical abuse sits at the feet of mothers and fathers across America. There is now enough reform history that cannot be denied. If this comes to pass, parents own the moment. This is what happens when parents become self-absorbed, uncurious, and lazy. When they are so full-up in their own moments that they … Continue reading Baby PISA