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The Dangers of “Close Reading”

Recently a Jewish dad who questioned his child’s classroom assignment is called a neo-Nazi by the president of the local teacher’s union. Click here for full article posted at FOX News on November 6, 2013. The controversy about this classroom assignment highlights the problem of using the classroom for indoctrination vs. education. Since the Common… read more

School Reform Issues – Colorado – Common Core, PARCC, etc.

This presentation by LibertyWatch provides basic information about School Reform Activity at a national level here in America and in Colorado. For additional information we suggest the following resources: Common Core Standards—Fact and Fiction Published April 14, 2013 Joy Pullmann, Education Research Fellow at The Heartland Institute Truth In America Education Colorado Academic Standards Menu… read more

To the American School System – a poem – time for real reform

To the American School System I see the bright eyes of my children. Eager to learn, trusting. Can I trust my children to your care? You are obsessed with testing! Why do you insist on turning my children’s accomplishments into a number? Don’t you know the difference between a child and a number? What are… read more

Testing in Public Schools is out of Control. Not improving our Schools.

The enthusiasm to test is unabated here in Colorado.  K-12 students are subjected to lots of testing, not only by their teachers and the local school district but also by the state. Here is an analysis of test time for students in Thompson School District Problems with high-stakes testing: 1) standardized test scores poor measure… read more

What should a student be prepared for as a high school graduate? worker? citizen?

Colorado recently adopted new Colorado High School Graduation Guidelines (May 2013). New expectations about what it means to receive a high school diploma have resulted in plans to move from from a “credit hour” system to a competency-based system. Over the next few years local school districts are expected to conform to these guidelines. The… read more

Public Education in America – Lots of Baggage, time to Clean House

With so much going wrong with today’s K-12 Education in America we thought it would be helpful to provide a history of Education in American.  By understanding the major factors that have brought us to today, hopefully… we will be better able to ask the right questions and find the courage to change. Education in… read more

Cross Currents Forum about Amendment 66: School Funding Reform

During the Forum a member of the audience pointed out that Colorado has “bought into” the idea that better standards and assessment activity will improve student outcomes and teacher effectiveness.  Colorado is spending millions of dollars on this strategy, but test scores over the last 10 years show no significant improvement in student achievement.  The… read more

More about Stop Common Core Rally at the Colorado Board of Education

A protest was held at the Colorado State Board of Education on August 14, 2013.  About 20 people who are opponents of Common Core and associated issues (high-stakes testing, data tracking, etc) picketed outside the Department of Education in Denver and in the afternoon made comments during the Public Comment section of the Board of… read more