Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Susan Ohanian: The best rebuttal of the Common Core. The BEST.

Susan has a plethora of common core critiques. Now, not being directly involved in teaching anymore, I really don't pay much attention to the details of common core. "So why are you opposed," I am often asked? Because of the people and orgs who are supporting it: Every ed deformer and the UFT/AFT. When Tweed and the UFT are on the same side, watch out.

Susan also highlights an article by MORE candidate for UFT Secretary Brian Jones:
Teaching By the Numbers
Brian Jones

2013-01-22
http://susanohanian.org/show_commentary.php?id=1068

New York City teacher Brian Jones explains  that standardized testing has more to do with controlling teachers than it does with improving learning.
Other bloggers like Ravitch and RBE have some CC pieces today:

Here is a batch of Susan's CC stuff (Updated):

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A Weapon of Mass Distraction
Susan Ohanian with letter by Stephen Krashen
blog
2013-01-18
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=409

Here's a little quiz on the Common Core posted at the Christian Science Monitor.



Their side is winning.

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Sense of Urgency
L2Gura
Stories from School: Practice Meets Policy blog
2013-01-24
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=408

This teacher presents very clearly the harm Common Core rigor is doing to first graders--and then presents the only answer
 
Common Core State (sic) Standards: An Example of Data-less Decision Making
 Christopher H. Tienken
AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice
2011-01-01
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=400

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The Common Core State (sic) Standards Update on the Ten Commandments Susan Ohanian
blog
2013-01-25
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=406
Here's an update on the 10 Commandments.


------------------- Playtime's over, kindergartners: Standards Stressing Kids Out Susan Edelman
New York Post
2013-01-27
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=407
The Common Core Standards are making kindergartners cry. Small wonder.


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Where Bill Gates Got the Idea to Call CCSS 'State' Standards http://susanohanian.org/cartoon_fetch.php?id=706

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The Final Word on the Common Core http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_cartoons.php?id=842


NON CC FROM SUSAN BELOW
Steve Krashen and I have a Test Your Public Ed Savvy quiz over at The Progressive. Please pass it on. The Progressive gives us a chance at talking to a different audience
http://www.progressive.org/test-your-public-ed-savvy
 

I have reprised my cover story for Phi Delta Kappan Goals 2000: What's in a Name? because it offers a quite thorough look at what brought us to where we are now. I am struck by how similar the language of ed reform is. I urge you to read this, definitely proof of that warning: Those who don't learn from history are destined to repeat it.
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=404
I've overloaded you with grim news. Don't miss the Good News: Bob Gliner's film is coming to PBS: Schools That Change Communities. We should rally around this film. It changes the conversation.
http://susanohanian.org/show_yahoo.php?id=799
Plus some cartoons:
Why Isn't That Ever On the Test?
http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_cartoons.php?id=844
Improving on Reading Tests
http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_cartoons.php?id=843

Follow the Money Trail on Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation CCSS Funding
http://susanohanian.org/cartoon_fetch.php?id=707
Whew!

Susan
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Goals 2000: What's in a Name?
Susan Ohanian
Phi Delta Kappan
2013-01-26
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=404
I wrote this piece in 2000 and even I am surprised by how very depressingly current it still is. It is actually informative about how we got to where we are today.

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ASCD  Poll About Arts as Handmaidens of Common Core Subjects
Susan Ohanian
blog
2012-01-24
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=401
One more attempt to reduce the important of the arts.


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Parents Beware! Teachers Had Better Wake Up Too
Susan Ohanian with extensive quotes from 2 Parent
Daily Censored
2012-01-22
http://susanohanian.org/core.php?id=399
This is the massive data system funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will put your students' data up to the highest bidder and eat you alive. Why hasn't your union told you about any of this?


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To the editor
Susan Ohanian
2012-01-23
http://susanohanian.org/show_letter.php?id=1514
Sarcasm is undoubtedly a mistake in letters to the editor, but I like the letter.

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To the editor
Stephen Krashen, professor emeritus, USC
Education Week
2012-01-23
http://susanohanian.org/show_letter.php?id=1514
GREAT letter.

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Go Team! Three Cheers!
Robert Bligh

2012-01-25
http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1498
Go, Nebraska gadfly and true school reformer, Robert Bligh!

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Schools That Change Communities Film Coming to PBS
Susan Ohanian
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http://susanohanian.org/show_yahoo.php?id=799
Schools That Change Communities
, a one hour documentary about schools that use their communities as classrooms has begun airing on many public broadcasting system stations across the country. Watch it. Order it for your school board and PTA.
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Order the CD of the resistance:
"No Child Left Behind? Bring Back the Joy."
To order online (and hear samples from the songs)
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dhbdrake4
Other orders: Send $15 to
Susan Ohanian
P. O. Box 26
Charlotte, VT 05445
 By the way, Susan is coming into town on May 4 to speak at a high stakes testing conference. I will keep you posted.

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