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What You Gonna Do When The Common Core Runs Wild On You?

Jose Vilson Jose 3 Comments

“Are you ready for the Common Core?” “Survey says teachers aren’t ready for the Common Core.” “Districts haven’t been ready for the Common Core.” Most of the discussion that I’ve seen around the Common Core lately is whether our country has sufficiently prepared the nation’s teachers for the Common Core State Standards. Even in places that profess to have dropped the Common Core (and replaced them with Common Core-like standards), …

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Just My Imagination Running Away With Me (A Post-CCSS World)

Jose Vilson Jose 5 Comments

I‘ve seen this article in my e-mails and feeds no less than ten times this morning. Much of this is old news for me since, if you’ve put all the pieces together for the last four years, it’s fairly obvious just how invested Bill Gates has been in getting Common Core State Standards moved across different desks. It’s also obvious how many folks, from union leaders to business leaders, have …

Why New York Isn’t Ready For The Common Core [PhilanthropyNY]

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I was recently asked to write for the Education Funders Research Initiative, a collective of education funders and researchers from around New York City, and their first question was, “Is New York City ready for Common Core implementation?” Of course, I saw plenty of problems with this statement: Right now, however, I don’t see how New York City, much less our state, can meet or exceed the expectations laid out …

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Are Common Core Arguments Too Coddled? OMGLOL Yes.

Jose Vilson Jose 21 Comments

Since the last time I spoke on the Common Core State Standards, people have started to stockpile arguments for or against them. Everything from “suck it up, life is tough” to “kids need recess, and a recess from CCSS” have been put to the fore, with the occasional #corespiracy coming from libertarians and people who hate anything Barack Obama brings as a solution, and I mean anything. I’ll hear nonsense …

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Changing The Language From Anti-Testing To Pro-Whole Child

Jose Vilson Jose 9 Comments

I like getting into discussions with people who like saying “Jose, why are you against testing?” Let me lay out the argument and the reason why, instead of referring to myself as anti-testing, I’m calling myself pro-whole-child. The argument is that testing isn’t bad. We should have experts who look at the lay of the education land, help set standards for what children ought to learn at every grade, and …

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Short Notes: With Tears and Cheers

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A few notes: Edutopia highlights five, count em, FIVE books I think you should read. Just go. Read em if you haven’t already. [Edutopia] When discussing the path of citizenship, this is what really matters. Five fifths human. [Los Angeles Times] The New York Times editorial board thinks there should be changes made to the way we treat schools in New York City, but don’t propose anything that takes it …

Short Notes: On The Backs of Black and Brown Children

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A few notes: Sherman Dorn highlights some misconceptions about the Common Core State Standards. [Sherman Dorn] Rania Khalel says public education reform is being done on the backs of Black and Brown children. I tend to agree. [Dispatches from the Underclass] William Hood’s story about Dr. Martin Luther King gave me the jitters. [New York Times] Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg moonlights as a middle school teacher in his spare time. …

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Short Notes: What Is The Political Future for Teachers?

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A few notes: How are the Common Core math standards helping or hurting our most disadvantaged students? Anthony Rebora asks a few teachers … including me. [Education Week] Arthur Wise and Michael Usdan take a look at the landscape of teaching and politics from a bird’s eye view. [Education Week] And this article says that we can start sentences with conjunctions if we want to. And end a sentence with …

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If Every Other Word Out Of Your Mouth Is “Common Core”, You’re The Problem

Jose Vilson Jose 7 Comments

Do me a favor and stop it. Just stop it, you. Yes, you. You’re ridiculous now. Every other word out of your mouth is “Common Core.” That’s enough out of you. I’m all for people having a voice, a seat at the table, and entitlements to opinions and such, but you’re not going to sit there and use the words “Common Core” 58 times in a meeting and not have …