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Shallow Goals of Common Core Standards
The new Common Core Standards promise much, but as long as teacher training and school structure remain the same, they’re simply new wine in old bottles.

Professional Educational Jargon Masks Meaning
The new Common Core Standards are--like all the reforms since the 1920s-- riddled with Edu-speak. Parents need to insist that their questions about their children’s school progress are answered in plain English.

Reading Reform Begins at Home
Parents of young children do not have the luxury of waiting for professional educators to agree on what to do about reading failure. They need to use the time from birth to age five to prepare their children for reading success.

School Principal's Job
The present system of placing everything from curriculum to lunchroom management under one supervisor is outdated and inefficient. The job of “principal” is too big for one person.

Stop Devaluing Standard English in the Schools
Language is the vehicle of education and the transmission of culture. Teachers especially need to value their native language and its literature. It is not enough to be a math teacher or P.E. teacher. All teachers must be English teachers.

Teacher Preparation Grades K-6
K-6 teachers have a far greater influence on the future of their pupils than do high school teachers. They can mean the difference between success or failure in the upper grades. They deserve the best possible teacher preparation.

Teacher Preparation Grades 7-12
Professional educators in control of teacher preparation concern themselves more with theory than with the practical considerations of teaching real children in real school settings. A first step in meaningful education reform would be to break the stranglehold of university education departments.

Are Schools Too Easy?
Millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs go unfilled for lack of qualified applicants. Children acquire an adult work ethic by suffering consequences for not working as well as they can while they are in school.

Time to Make Better Use of High School
It's time for parents and students to stop viewing high school as an extension of childhood. As college becomes unaffordable to more and more young people, better use needs to be made of tax-supported educational opportunities.

School Choice Prelude to Privatization
Supporters of school vouchers and charter schools claim they have the interest of all children at heart, but funneling tax money away from the public schools can only lead to the destruction of an adequate education for the majority of American children.

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