Putting old wine into new Common Core skins?

What is your understanding of Common Core (CC)? It’s a marketing catch phrase for some, a political handle for others. Many have read the CC Website, know the key ideas and have perhaps reviewed some of the standards, but what does CC mean for the day-to-day learning of US school students? Has much really changed? What are the lessons for schools?  Is Common Core driving real reform and more effective learning, or is it often more a case of re-jigging…

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What problems are we really trying to solve in education? Seven suggestions

The quest to improve education systems has become an industry. Governments and schools promise improved student performance, academic excellence and rigor. Excellence is the key word and many want a broken education system fixed, but is there enough reflection or debate about what excellence means and what education’s underlying problems are? Debates about funding, homework, teacher pay, discipline and test scores will rage on, but do we really think the next generation will flourish on the basis of these issues…

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