School Choice Weekly

New Math Anxiety Research Knocks Common Core

School Choice Weekly #101 A new study finds children do worse in math class if they get homework help from parents who are anxious about math themselves. Previous studies from the same University of Chicago research team found children learn less math when their teachers are anxious about the subject. Kids whose parents are “math anxious” but don’t help with homework didn’t see a decrease in math performance, suggesting tense homework sessions are the trouble, not genetics, the researchers said...

What Presidential Candidates Should Say about Education

School Choice Weekly #100 No surprise: Common Core came up in last week’s first GOP primary debate, as a question tackled by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Bush supports Common Core, although he lamented federal involvement in it. (Stanley Kurtz at NRO has the definitive defenestration of Bush’s remarks and overall stance.) Rubio was more direct – and accurate: Here’s the problem with Common Core: the Department of Education, like every federal agency, will never be...

Creating Markets for High School Classes

School Choice Weekly #99 The College Board has finally revised its Advanced Placement U.S. History course in response to months of criticism that an earlier rewrite biased Left and ignored core material advanced students deserve to learn. The revisions improve the course but don’t entirely address those concerns, leading academics told the Washington Post. Half a million of the nation’s brightest high schoolers take this class each year in private and public schools across the nation. For most...

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