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    Common Core: Bill Gates Confuses Regulation with Accountability

    “Scale is good for free market competition,” said Bill Gates last Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute. “Individual state regulatory capture is not good for competition.” Gates’ remarks came as part of his pitch for the highly controversial Common Core national standards and tests. Yet, what Gates laments as “regulatory … More

    Blame the New SAT on Common Core

    The hugely controversial Common Core initiative is at least partly responsible for the latest revamp of the SAT college entrance exam. This puts great pressure on non-Common Core states, private schools, and homeschoolers to comply with national standards to keep students from doing poorly on the new Common Core–aligned SAT. … More

    Tell Us Your Common Core Stories

    Does your child’s homework look different lately? Maybe something like this has happened to you or someone you know: Heather Crossin, an Indianapolis mom of four…asked her school’s principal why 8-year-old Lucy’s math homework suddenly focused on abstract concepts, even drawing pictures to solve problems, instead of practicing formulas. >>> … More

    Latest Common Core Strategy: Switch the Name, So People Don't Realize What It Is

    What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet; – Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet As Juliet reminds us, changing the name of something doesn’t change its nature. Yet, in an apparent effort to placate parents, teachers, and taxpayers concerned by the … More

    Common Core: The "Tin Foil" Is Spreading

    Missouri State Representative Mike Lair (R) likens opponents of Common Core to “conspiracy theorists.” So much so that he decided to include $8 for tin foil hats in a budget bill for K-12 education because “if you can’t deal with folks with logic….I always felt you use humor.” Well, we’ve … More

    Head Start: Preschool Proponents Should Admit to Shortcomings

    Are Americans really longing for “Head Start-like programs” for their children? So argues Eleanor Clift in a recent article for the Daily Beast. Clift praises El Centro Rosemount, a preschool center in Washington, D.C., that serves children from affluent families and students in the federal Head Start program. As the … More

    Why We Shouldn’t Be Celebrating Peak in High School Graduation Rates

    Failing to graduate from high school can be disastrous for an individual’s economic future, so it is welcome news that the average freshman graduation rate reached a 40-year high of 78.2 percent for the 2009–2010 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. However, there are a number of … More

    Choice Monday: Parents Camp Out for Educational Options

    Parents in Memphis, Tennessee, have demonstrated why National School Choice Week—which kicks off on Saturday—could not come a moment too soon. Memphis parents are camping out—in subzero temperatures—for the third year in a row in front of Shelby County School District headquarters to have a chance at registering their children … More

    Is Common Core Really State-Led?

    One of the more hotly debated subjects in America right now is the subject of Common Core National Education standards. Videos of parents complaining to school boards have gone viral. To dispel the “Common Core misconceptions”, Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue had published Friday a letter to the editor … More