Building the Machine - a review

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What is Common Core?  How did it start--and who drove it?  Are…

What Reporters Think They Know about Common Core

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The public is ill-served by reporters who are no longer skeptical…

Watch "Building the Machine," New Common Core Movie

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"Building the Machine" is an excellent primer on the fatal deficiencies…

Audio: Lead Mathematics Standards-Writer William McCallum

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These audio clips are from Professor William McCallum's remarks…

Debunking Common Core Myths

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One of the most interesting phenomena in the “Common Core War”…

Setting the Record Straight on Common Core Part 2

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Pioneer Institute has been a prime mover in the debate over Common…

Common Core Math’s House of Hay

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More than once, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has described…

Fordham's Petrilli Rodeo Clowning for ObamaCore, Gates $$, & the Great Society

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Commentary magazine did a great blog about how Common Core is…

Is the Commissioner of Education Complying with the Law?

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Twenty years after the passage of the landmark Massachusetts…

Video: Setting the Record Straight on Common Core

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There is so much misinformation on all sides of the debate on…

Let’s Not Waver on Testing: An Open Letter to MA Education Commissioner

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In the letter below, Pioneer Institute Executive Director Jim…

Why Common Core's roll-out is as bad as ObamaCare’s (by Sandra Stotsky)

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It's odd to observe just how oblivious the media have been to…

Support for Common Core's Fuzzy Math Doesn't Add Up (by Sandra Stotsky)

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Unless high school students can prepare for a calculus course…

Common Core, the Gettysburg Address & human intent

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(H/t to Civil War Daily Gazette) History will always be…

On Marc Tucker’s Credibility (by Sandra Stotsky)

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In October, members of the New Hampshire legislature heard Marc…

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Missing out on timeless literature

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Guest View: Southern literature never ceases to inspire This…

The implosion of the PARCC assessments

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As they say, where there is smoke, there may be fire. EdWeek…

Common Core’s Cloudy Vision of College Readiness in Math (by Sandra Stotsky)

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Common Core’s egalitarian tentacles are now slithering towards…

Ed Glaeser's Straw Man on Common Core (by Jim Stergios)

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In today’s Globe, Ed Glaeser, an economist by trade and…

What Anti-Common Core Activism in Tennessee Portends

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Across the country, from Florida to Michigan, Colorado to Alabama,…

MetroWest Daily News: ‘Trickle-down mandate’ hurts ed standards

Massachusetts should have conducted a cost analysis before adopting Common Core national education standards, as states like Alabama and California have done.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Classics? The dickens you say

According to Pioneer Institute research, Shakespeare is one of the very few British writers named in the nationalized English standards adopted by the commonwealth and 45 other states. So, watching “A Christmas Carol” on television may be kids’ only exposure to the magic of Dickens’ characters.

"Why Huck Finn Matters: Classic Literature in Schooling" (Sept. 19, 2012)

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Pioneer Institute hosted a forum on September 19, 2012 at the…

New Study Suggests Remedies for Common Core Literature Deficit

State and local education policy makers in the 46 states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards should emphasize the literary-historical content that already exists in the standards and add an additional literature-based standard to address Common Core’s lack of literary content.

Huck, Jim and our interest in education

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Twain famously noted that the difference between the right…

An expert's view of national standards' focus on non-fiction texts

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(Gretchen Ertl for The New York Times) The Common Core national…