Statewide Education

Izard: Future of education in Colorado being decided in local school districts

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Ross Izard a education policy analyst at the Independence Institute, provides insight to the battle for education reform here in Colorado.n I understand that in the early days of unions they played a significant role in protecting workers from dangerous working conditions, ending child labor,and improving pay and benefits for workers. What we face now… read more

Critical thinking plays key role in society, Dr. Paul Bankes

Dr. Paul Bankes who is a former principal and Executive Director in Thompson School District, has written an excellent guest column for the Reporter Herald about what he sees as the issues in public education and how applying concepts of critical thinking can help. We encourage all of you to attend the Breaking Bread Potluck… read more

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

Greeley group planning billboards – oppose high stakes testing

The Coalition for Better Education is raising money to pay for two billboards that will encourage people to oppose Colorado TCAP tests.  You can help with this project by sending a contribution to The Coalition for Better Education, Inc., 2424 22nd Avenue, Greeley, Colorado 80631.… 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

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