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A Common-Sense Approach to Common Core, Part II: Third-Grade Fractions

This article is the second in a series that provides alternate and common-sense interpretations of the Common Core math standards. In the first article,  I said Common Core (CC) lends itself to interpretations along reform math ideology, an ineffective method of teaching math that focuses on long, drawn-out ways to solve problems. In the wake of that first article, I have been asked, “How so, when the standards are touted as being neutral and not dictating pedagogy”? It is so because...

North Carolina Lawmakers Allow Waiting Kids to Enter Choice Program

When the North Carolina legislature approved a budget allocating more money for a new school voucher program in late July, it answered one mom’s prayer. Waiting for the initial school choice law to pass last year was a nailbiter, said Kena Cooper, and waiting to see if her son Keenan—one of 4,200 qualified applicants in a lottery for about 2,400 seats—received a scholarship was “nerve-wracking.” She wasn’t done praying when he was awarded his scholarship. “I was like, ‘God, I thank you,’”...

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