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Common Core Misinterpretation
Workshops about the new Standards are being held for classroom teachers around the country. Unfortunately, some of the administrators conducting them have little understanding of what they mean. Parents and teachers who don't want to be misled will have to study them for themselves.

Common Core Mission Statement
Subjecting the Common Core mission statement to the kind of close reading recommended by the Standards reveals a goal that is lacking in the human element. Job skills are not enough to get a person through the disappointments, tragedies and humiliations of 60-80 years of living.

Comparing U.S. to Other Countries
International comparisons make interesting reading. They may even help planners to some extent, but in general, comparing the results of US education to that of other countries is probably meaningless. A more meaningful approach would be to compare state to state.

Congress and Education 2017
A principal goal of the 115th Congress is to abolish the federal Department of Education. Wherever you stand on the issue, you would do well to consider the ramifications.

Criticism of Reform Not Welcome
Top-tier reformers like Arne Duncan and state superintendents don't want to listen to the valid criticisms of parents, principals, and teachers. They meet complaints by taking the high ground, equating their untried, testing-heavy education reforms with the moral struggle for civil rights.

Cursive Writing Controversy
Cursive writing is just one style of handwriting, but many people seem to think that it is the only kind. North Carolina legislators have passed a law requiring that all fifth graders must be able to write in cursive.

Cut Scores and Priorities
Cut scores are selected points on the scoring scale of a test. Like the tests they are created for, cut scores are arbitrary. As the new Common Core Standards bring a new set of federal priorities to American education, it's more important than ever for parents to take charge.

Defining Education
Not everyone means the same thing by the word "education." Parents who want "a quality education" for their children would do well to define what they mean by "education" in very specific terms.

Driving Teachers Away
Statistics from the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future found that “in urban districts, close to 50 percent of newcomers leave the profession during their first five years of teaching.” Teachers are leaving the profession because they are being treated with the same sort of contempt

Education Averages Are Misleading
Education percentages for the entire United States tend to cover up the reality experienced by millions of Americans. For example, the breakdown of public school funding is summarized as “federal 13%, state 43%, and local 44%.” But, in some states, funding by the state can be as high as 86% and in

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