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Ask the Cognitive Scientist
"Grit” Is Trendy, but Can It Be Taught?

By Daniel T. Willingham

"Grit is definitely real, scientifically, meaning researchers are finding it a useful construct for understanding human behavior."

http://www.aft.org/ae/summer2016/willingham

Help Our Educators See the Forest for the Trees

​​​The Orphaned Subjects of Common Core
By Alex Thomas

"One question looming large is what happens now to the flute lessons, theater presentations, world history, penmanship, and other subjects that have been abandoned in the name of emphasizing math, science, and English to the detriment of everything else? How does their continued absence affect the education landscape and our culture in general?"

http://www.thebestschools.org/magazine/common-core-orphaned-subjects/?utm_referrer=http://m.facebook.com#.V2FU_5vITJ8.twitter

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School vouchers are not a proven strategy for improving student achievement
By Martin Carnoy
Study shows evidence that vouchers may not improve results in schools.
http://www.epi.org/publication/school-vouchers-are-not-a-proven-strategy-for-improving-student-achievement/

Nurse's Nook

Predicting Middle Level State Standardized Test Results Using Family and Community Demographic Data

​By Christopher H. Tienken, Anthony Colella, Christian Angelillo, Meredith Fox, Kevin R. McCahill & Adam Wolfe

Using just three US Census demographic variables, (a) percentage of families in a community with income over $200,000 a year, (b) percentage of people in a community in poverty, and (c) percentage of people in a community with bachelor’s degrees, predicted results accurately in 14/18 of the models.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19404476.2016.1252304

RABBLE ROUSER: A lesson in opting out of PARCC
By Jeremy Knoll

Knoll argues that standardized testing is unnecessary.​
http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/04/09/rabble-rouser-lesson-opting-parcc/82749746/

Standardized Testing Creates Captive Markets
By Steven Singer

​ "Our children have BECOME widgets, hostage consumers, and access to them is being bought and sold."  Singer discusses the big business of education materials and testing in our public school systems.
https://gadflyonthewallblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/08/standardized-testing-creates-captive-markets/comment-page-1/#comment-8321

Parent Resource

New York School Superintendents: What Side Are You On?
Michael Hynes

Superintendent Hynes addresses his fellow NYS superintendents on the matter of the importance of standardized testing.  It should be addressed to ALL US superintendents.

https://dianeravitch.net/2016/10/14/michael-hynes-asks-for-support-of-his-fellow-superintendents-to-resist-reform/

Mr. Josh Flood

Democracy and National Education Standards
By Nicholas Tampio

Tampio argues that national standards is not the best strategy for education in a democratic society.  He bases most of his argument on the studies of Dewey.
http://faculty.fordham.edu/tampio/Tampio_JOP_%20article_on%20Common_Core.pdf

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