Summer Conference

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At the end of July we had an amazing Common Core conference with Jane Robbins, Ze’ev Wurman and Sandra Stotsky. They explained in great detail just why Common Core is detrimental to our country, the great state of Idaho and our children. The video is 3.5 hours long and full of information.  Sitting at the conference, the time […]

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Meridian School District adopts Common Core science standards for Biology.

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By Keilani Ludlow MSD recently adopted A Framework for K-12 Science Education (AFSE)  as the district textbook for teaching Biology. A Framework for K-12 Science Education was developed as part of a two step process to develop national science standards. This process was begun specifically to take advantage of the common core movement and to put these national […]

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My First Experience with NCLB and Why I am Fearful of CC

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Guest Post by Mila Wood The first time I remember having to come to the realization that public school could be dangerous to society as a whole was when my now Junior in high school was in fourth grade. I had always been an active parent, volunteering lots of time for the classes my kids […]

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My apologies

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“Where were you when No Child Left Behind was passed?”  This is a question beinging asked a lot lately by bloggers, teachers, and in the comments section of a variety of common core-related articles.  It always seems to come with a hint of, “The only reason you didn’t fight NCLB is because your guy passed it. ”  Well, that’s a valid question […]

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A Mom’s response to Luna letter

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This is the opening of a letter sent out by Supt. Luna: Dear Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, Chairman John Goedde and Chairman Reed DeMordaunt: In recent months, the Idaho State Department of Education has fielded many questions related to data collection in education. As the state moves toward higher academic standards in mathematics and English language […]

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Common Core Math Really is Better

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So when you make a mistake, just go into the bank and explain how you came up with your balance.  They will totally understand and remove any overdraft fees from your account. Works for me.

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Consider students with disabilities

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Levi Cavener is a special education teacher for a local school district. In a “Voices” article he penned for Idaho Education News he talks about Common Core and his concerns for how it will affect students with special needs. Consider that many students with disabilities qualify for special education services that take place outside of the […]

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What Is Being Data-Mined Without Parental Consent?

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This is a long post, but it is well worth reading clear to the end.   By Christel Swasey  originally posted on Whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com   Even though the columns will be gone and it will be confusing and messy, I’m going to cut and paste a truckload of attributes from the National Data Collection model’s spreadsheet. […]

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Ohanian: 28 questions about the Common Core

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Susan Ohanian recently sent this list of questions to officials in Vermont.  Simply change Vermont to Idaho as you read.  I’d like to know the answers from our state board and department, wouldn’t you? Editor’s note: This op-ed is by Susan Ohanian of Charlotte, a longtime teacher and author of 25 books on education policy […]

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We Learn Less…

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Last week a subsitute teacher called Glenn Becks Show to express her concerns about a poem that a group of  80 fifth-graders recited during their promotion ceremony.  The cute little ditty went something like this: WE LEARNED MORE WITH COMMON CORE Text genre, features & theme to explore We learned more with common core. Fractions, decimals, […]

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