Ep. 3: Everybody hates the COMMON CORE
Nov 11 2015
TIDBITS: Like many people, I was very confused about the Common Core. In fact, it's fair to say it was my curiosity about THIS specific topic, the Common Core, that ultimately motivated me to start this podcast. Special thanks to my PARENTS IN LAW for bringing back my copy of Glenn Beck's book "Conform" to me after I neglectfully left it at their place, about an hour's drive away! CONTACT ME: Facebook: www.facebook.com/davidchang99 Twitter: @davidgchang Email: whatjustpodcast @ gmail.com whatjustpodcast.libsyn.com Read the Common Core standards (if you dare!): http://www.corestandards.org/ Links to math problems gone VIRAL: https://coxrare.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/common-core.jpg Justin Aion, @JustinAion, CCBS, Re-Learning to Teach, March 21, 2014 http://blog.relearningtoteach.com/2014/03/ccbs.html Christopher Danielson, @Trianglemancsd, “5 reasons not to share that Common Core worksheet on Facebook,” Wordpress, April 6, 2014https://christopherdanielson.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/5-reasons-not-to-share-that-common-core-worksheet-on-facebook/#comment-7128 Hemant Mehta, @hemantmehta, “The Dad Who Wrote a Check Using ‘Common Core’ Math Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About,” Patheos, September 21, 2015 http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/09/21/the-dad-who-wrote-a-check-using-common-core-math-doesnt-know-what-hes-talking-about/ Patrick O’Donnell, @paodonne, “What was that math on the "Common Core" check that went viral?,” Cleveland Plain Dealer, September 24, 2015 http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/09/what_was_that_math_on_the_comm.html Hemant Mehta, @hemantmehta, “Why Would a Math Teacher Punish a Child for Saying 5 x 3 = 15?,” Patheos, October 21, 2015http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/10/21/why-would-a-math-teacher-punish-a-child-for-saying-5-x-3-15/ Andy Kiersz, @Andy Kiersz, “The Common Core math quiz that has everyone outraged isn't about Common Core — it's worse,” Business Insider, October 26, 2015 http://www.businessinsider.com/common-core-multiplication-quiz-2015-10 SPECIAL THANKS Before I share the full bibliography of my research below, there were several education reporters whose pieces were particularly helpful. Special thanks to: Sarah Garland @s_garl at The Hechinger Report Lyndsey Layton @lyndseylayton at The Washington Post Libby Nelson @libbyanelson at VOX and Valerie Strauss @valeriestrauss at The Washington Post BIBLIOGRAPHY (in chronological order by publication date) David Coleman & Jason Zimba, @achievethcore, “Math and Science Standards That Are Fewer, Clearer, Higher to Raise Achievement at All Levels,” Carnegie Corporation Institute for Advanced Study, 2007 http://learntochoose.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Math-and-Science-Standards.pdf “Top State Education Policy Organizations Form Expert Advisory Group on International Benchmarking,” Achieve.org, September 8, 2008 http://www.achieve.org/top-state-education-policy-organizations-form-expert-advisory-group-international-benchmarking National Governor’s Association, Benchmarking for Success: Ensuring U.S. Students Receive a World-Class Education, December 19, 2008, http://www.nga.org/cms/home/nga-center-for-best-practices/center-publications/page-edu-publications/col2-content/main-content-list/benchmarking-for-success-ensurin.html National Governor’s Association, Forty-Nine States and Territories Join Common Core Standards Initiative, June 1, 2009 http://www.nga.org/cms/home/news-room/news-releases/page_2009/col2-content/main-content-list/title_forty-nine-states-and-territories-join-common-core-standards-initiative.html Heather Armonstrong, @dooce, “Clickety Clack,” DOOCE, January 17, 2013 http://dooce.com/2013/01/17/clickety-clack-2/ Frederick Hess, @rickhess99, “Straight Up Conversation: Common Core Guru Jason Zimba,” EDUCATION NEXT, February 28, 2013 http://educationnext.org/straight-up-conversation-common-core-guru-jason-zimba/ Glenn Beck, @glennbeck, “Exposing Common Core: Kids are being indoctrinated with extreme leftist ideology,” Glennbeck.com, March 14, 2013 http://www.glennbeck.com/2013/03/14/exposing-common-core-kids-are-being-indoctrinated-with-extreme-leftist-ideology/ Kathleen Porter-Magee & Sol Stern, @kportermagee & @worstall, “The Truth About Common Core,” NATIONAL REVIEW, April 3, 2013 http://www.nationalreview.com/article/344519/truth-about-common-core-kathleen-porter-magee-sol-stern Glenn Beck, @glennbeck, “The whole story on common core,” GLENN BECK, April 8, 2013 http://www.glennbeck.com/2013/04/08/the-whole-story-on-common-core/ Edward Frenkel & Hung-Hsi Wu, @edfrenkel & @HungHsiWU, “Republicans Should Love “Common Core,’” WALL STREET JOURNAL, May 6, 2013 http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324482504578453502155934978?alg=y Maggie Gallagher, @maggiemarriage, “Two Moms vs. Common Core,” NATIONAL REVIEW, May 12, 2013 http://www.nationalreview.com/article/347973/two-moms-vs-common-core-maggie-gallagher Charles Chieppo & Jamie Gass, @charliechieppo, “Why states are backing out on common standards and tests,” HECHINGER REPORT, August 15, 2013 http://hechingerreport.org/why-states-are-backing-out-on-common-standards-and-tests/ Sarah Garland, @s_garl, “How does Common Core compare?,” HECHINGER REPORT, October 15, 2013 http://hechingerreport.org/how-does-common-core-compare/ Valerie Strauss, @valeriestrauss, “Arnie Duncan: ‘White suburban moms’ upset that Common Core shows their kids aren’t ‘brilliant,’” WASHINGTON POST, November 16, 2013 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/16/arne-duncan-white-surburban-moms-upset-that-common-core-shows-their-kids-arent-brilliant/ Valerie Strauss & Carol Burris, @valeriestrauss & @carolburris, “Who are the ‘enemies’ of Common Core?,” WASHINGTON POST, November 18, 2013 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/18/who-are-the-enemies-of-common-core/ Joy Resmovits, @joy_resmovits, “How The Common Core Became Education's Biggest Bogeyman,” Huffington Post, January 10, 2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/10/common-core_n_4537284.html Elizabeth A. Natale, @enataled, “Why I Want To Give Up Teaching,” HARTFORD COURANT, January 17, 2014 http://www.courant.com/opinion/hc-op-natale-teacher-ready-to-quit-over-common-cor-20140117-story.html David G. Bonagura, Jr., “Common Core’s Newer Math,” NATIONAL REVIEW, January 17, 2014 http://www.nationalreview.com/article/368595/common-cores-newer-math-david-g-bonagura-jr Rebecca Mead, @Rebeccamead_NYC, “The Defiant Parents: Testing’s Discontents,” NEW YORKER, January 22, 2014 http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-defiant-parents-testings-discontents Kathleen Megan, @kathymegan, “A Teacher's Lesson For The Whole Country,” HARTFORD COURANT, January 26, 2014 http://articles.courant.com/2014-01-26/news/hc-teachers-unhappy-0123-20140122_1_classroom-teachers-education-reform-randi-weingarten Allie Bidwell, @alliebidwell, “The History of Common Core State Standards,” U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, February 27, 2014 http://www.usnews.com/news/special-reports/articles/2014/02/27/the-history-of-common-core-state-standards Sarah Garland, @s_garl, “Why is this Common Core math problem so hard? Supporters respond to quiz that went viral,” Hechinger Report, March 26, 2014 http://hechingerreport.org/content/common-core-math-problem-hard-supporters-common-core-respond-problematic-math-quiz-went-viral_15361/ Ginia Bellafante, @GiniaNYT, “Standing Up to Testing,” NEW YORK TIMES, March 28, 2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/nyregion/standing-up-to-testing.html?_r=0 Megan Charles, @MeganCharlesIQ, “Parent Posts Facebook Response to ‘Ridiculous’ Common Core Math Homework,” Social News Daily, March 30, 2014 http://socialnewsdaily.com/33189/parent-posts-facebook-response-to-ridiculous-common-core-math-homework/ Monica Bielanko, @MonicaBielanko, “Common Core: Why Are They Making Math Harder?,” Babble, April 2014 http://www.babble.com/mom/common-core-math-why-are-they-making-math-harder/ Jessica Lahey, @jesslahey, “Confusing Math Homework? Don’t Blame the Common Core,” THE ATLANTIC, April 3, 2014 http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/04/confusing-math-homework-don-t-blame-the-common-core/360064/ Rebecca Mead, @Rebeccamead_NYC, “Louis C.K. Against the Common Core,” NEW YORKER, April 30, 2014 http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/louis-c-k-against-the-common-core Libby Nelson, @libbyanelson, “What Louis CK gets wrong on Common Core,” VOX, May 1, 2014 http://www.vox.com/2014/5/1/5671286/if-you-hate-standardized-testing-dont-blame-the-common-core Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education (The Control Series), Glenn Beck, @glennbeck, May 6, 2014 Motoko Rich, @motokorich, “Common Core School Standards Face a New Wave of Opposition,” NEW YORK TIMES, May 29, 2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/30/education/common-core-standards-face-a-new-wave-of-opposition.html Lyndsey Layton, @lyndseylayton, “How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution,” WASHINGTON POST, June 7, 2014 https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-bill-gates-pulled-off-the-swift-common-core-revolution/2014/06/07/a830e32e-ec34-11e3-9f5c-9075d5508f0a_story.html Motoko Rich, @motokorich, “Math Under Common Core Has Even Parents Stumbling,” NEW YORK TIMES, June 29, 2014, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/30/us/math-under-common-core-has-even-parents-stumbling.html Lindsey Layton, @lyndseylayton, “Glenn Beck takes to the theaters to attack Common Core,” WASHINGTON POST, July 23, 2014, https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/glenn-becks-theatrical-attack-on-common-core/2014/07/23/c59453e4-1270-11e4-98ee-daea85133bc9_story.html Caroline Schaeffer, “A ‘Frustrated’ Parent Pens A Brilliant Response To Her Child’s Mind-Boggling Common Core Homework,” INDEPENDENT JOURNAL, October 2014 http://www.ijreview.com/2014/10/187607-frustrated-parent-pens-brilliant-response-childs-mind-boggling-common-core-homework/ “Parents Hate Common Core and So Do Teachers and Students,” American News Report, October 6, 2014, http://americannewsreport.com/parents-hate-common-core-and-so-do-teachers-and-students-8821226 Libby Nelson, @libbyanelson, “Everything you need to know about the Common Core,” VOX, October 7, 2014 http://www.vox.com/cards/commoncore/3-what-problems-is-the-common-core-trying-to-solve Laurie Udesky, @laurieudesky, “Teachers want more Common Core preparation,” EDSOURCE, October 19, 2014 http://edsource.org/2014/teachers-want-more-common-core-prep/68454 Valerie Strauss, @valeriestrauss, “Does Arne Duncan think ‘suburban moms’ are a gullible bunch?,” WASHINGTON POST, October 26, 2014https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/26/does-arne-duncan-think-suburban-moms-are-a-gullible-bunch/ Lyndsey Layton, @lyndseylayton, “Common Core math can be a mystery, and parents are going to school to understand it,” WASHINGTON POST, November 1, 2014 https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/common-core-math-can-be-a-mystery-and-parents-are-going-to-school-to-understand-it/2014/11/01/af57efa0-604f-11e4-9f3a-7e28799e0549_story.html Lizette Alvarez, @LizetteNYT, “States Listen as Parents Give Rampant Testing an F,” NEW YORK TIMES, November 9, 2014http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/10/us/states-listen-as-parents-give-rampant-testing-an-f.html Emmanuel Felton, @emmanuelfelton, “Does Common Core really mean teachers should teach differently?,” Hechinger Report, December 12, 2014 http://hechingerreport.org/common-core-really-mean-teachers-teach-differently/ Haley Sweetland Edwards, @haleybureau, “The One Issue that Will Complicate Jeb Bush’s Campaign,” TIME, December 16, 2014, http://time.com/3635791/common-core-jeb-bush-campaign/ David L. Kirp, @DavidKirp, “Rage Against the Common Core,” NEW YORK TIMES, December 27, 2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/28/opinion/sunday/rage-against-the-common-core.html Sarah Garland, @s_garl, “Who was behind the Common Core math standards, and will they survive?,” HECHINGER REPORT, December 29, 2014 http://hechingerreport.org/behind-common-core-math-standards-will-survive/ Patrick R. Potyondy, @PRPotyondy, “Top Ten Origins: The Common Core Curriculum,” ORIGINS OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, January 13, 2015http://origins.osu.edu/connecting-history/1132015-top-ten-origins-common-core-curriculum Leslie Postal, @lesliepostal, “Some students will opt out as new Florida tests debut,” Orlando Sentinel, February 27, 2015http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-testing-opt-out-central-florida-20150227-story.html Libby Nelson, @libbyanelson, “Why the political arguments about Common Core miss the point,” VOX, May 14, 2015http://www.vox.com/2014/9/23/6218903/common-core-standards-curriculum-teaching-tests Elizabeth A. Natale, @enataled, “Why Smarter Balanced Tests Fail Students,” HARTFORD COURANT, May 15, 2015 http://www.courant.com/opinion/insight/hc-insight-natale-why-i-hate-standard-testing-0517-20150514-story.html Jordan Ellenberg, @JSEllenberg, “Meet the New Common Core,” NEW YORK TIMES, June 16, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/opinion/meet-the-new-common-core.html Emma Brown, @emmersbrown, “As states drop out of PARCC’s Common Core test, faithful carry on,” Washinton Post, July 22, 2015https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/as-states-drop-out-of-parccs-common-core-test-faithful-carry-on/2015/07/22/f31eeb48-2f1c-11e5-8353-1215475949f4_story.html Mission High: One School, How Experts Tried to Fail It, and the Students and Teachers Who Made It Triump, Kristina Rizga, @KristinaRizga, August 4, 2015 Joy Pullmann, @JoyPullman, “New Math Anxiety Research Knocks Common Core,” The Heartland Institute, August 19, 2015http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2015/08/19/new-math-anxiety-research-knocks-common-core Natalie Wexler, @natwexler, “How Common Core Can Help in the Battle of Skills vs. Knowledge,” New York Times, August 28, 2015http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/28/opinion/how-common-core-can-help-in-the-battle-of-skills-vs-knowledge.html Kristina Rizga, @KristinaRizga, “Sorry I’m Not Taking this Test,” MOTHER JONES, Sept/Oct 2015 http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/08/opt-out-standardized-testing-overload Emmanuel Felton, @emmanuelfelton, “Think you know a lot about Common Core? A new poll finds you’re probably wrong,” Hechinger Report, September 8, 2015, http://hechingerreport.org/think-you-know-a-lot-about-common-core-a-new-poll-finds-youre-probably-wrong/ Miriam Hall, @Miriam_Hall, “‘At First We Felt Angry’: Four Teachers Explain How Common Core Changed Their Jobs,” Slate, September 9, 2015 http://www.slate.com/blogs/schooled/2015/09/09/common_core_standards_what_four_teachers_actually_think_about_them.html Miriam Hall, @Miriam_Hall, “‘It’s Not Like a Switch That You Can Flick on Overnight’: Four Teachers on Adapting to Common Core,” Slate, September 11, 2015 http://www.slate.com/blogs/schooled/2015/09/11/common_core_standards_how_four_teachers_are_dealing_with_the_new_standards.html Valerie Strauss & Caroline Burris, @valeriestrauss & @carolburris, “Her son began hating school. What happened when she found out why.,” Washington Post, September 28, 2015 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/09/28/her-son-began-hating-school-what-happened-when-she-found-out-why/ Emma Brown & Lyndsey Layton, @emmersbrown & @lyndseylayton, “Confusing Ohio test results are latest effort to unravel Common Core’s promise,” Washington Post, October 3, 2015 https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/confusing-ohio-test-results-are-latest-effort-to-unravel-common-cores-promise/2015/10/03/59bb1306-6157-11e5-9757-e49273f05f65_story.html Kimberly Hefling, @khefling, “How Common Core quietly won the war,” Politico, October 12, 2015 http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/common-core-education-schools-214632 Kate Zernike, @kzernike, “Obama Administration Calls for Limits on Testing in Schools,” New York Times, October 24, 2015http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/us/obama-administration-calls-for-limits-on-testing-in-schools.html Eric Hoover, @erichoov, “Everything You Need to Know About the New SAT,” New York Times, October 28, 2015http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/education/edlife/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-sat.html Libby Nelson, @libbyanelson, “Obama’s flip-flop on standardized tests, explained,” Vox, October 29, 2015 http://www.vox.com/2015/10/29/9638652/standardized-tests-obama-duncan Emmanuel Felton, @emmanuelfelton, “How the Common Core Is Transforming the SAT,” The Atlantic, October 29, 2015http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/10/the-common-core-sat/412960/ Ep. 3 BTS coming soon!