There are a couple of companies on TV that run commercials touting how they are different from their many competitors. You may have seen them for both buying a car and choosing a frozen pizza. The consumer is standing before a plethora of options, and starts identifying personal preferences. When all is said and done, there is only one choice left.
Earlier this week, MSNBC posted a new video on its website. It is from the Melissa Harris-Perry Show, with special guest Diane Ravitch touting her latest book (which in fairness, Eduflack hasn’t read).
We are living in a CCSS world. We all know that. As of this morning, 45 states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity have adopted Common Core State Standards. Come the next academic year, most students outside the state of Texas will be part of a CCSS-focused approach to teaching and learning.
The latest volley has been launched in the ongoing battle against the evils of testing. Today, the folks over at No Test, sorry, meant Fair Test, released a letter they coordinated from more than 100 children’s book authors to EdSec Arne Duncan, attacking increased testing, computer adaptive testing, teacher evaluation measures, and “the narrowing of curriculum” for eliminating students’ love of reading and literature.
In the terrific movie South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, the Colorado town is faced with a scourge of extreme potty mouth. The solution? Blame Canada! After all, Canada was responsible for serving as a home to a foul-mouthed TV show the community’s kids just loved. So of course we declare war on our neighbor to the north. How else to deal with the cussin’?
So Eduflack comes from a proud Italian-Amerian family (at least on my paternal side). My paternal grandfather, the man I was named after, was born Ponzion Ricciardelli. He was first generation American. His family came in through Boston, instead of Ellis Island, and you can still find a slew of Ricciardellis stomping around Beantown.
The nanny state seems to be at it again. The good folks over at the U.S. Post Office decided a while back to issue a series of postage stamps to raise awareness for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Just Move” campaign. For those living under a rock these past four years, “Just Move” is an advocacy effort to get young people active and leading a healthy lifestyle.
Down in Texas, it seems some parents have their knickers in a twist over the latest revelation regarding a Spanish teacher at a Dallas-area magnet school. The teacher in question is Cristy Nicole Deweese. Seems she has always wanted to be a Spanish teacher, and she is now living the dream. And now a local mom is leading a crusade to have her removed from the classroom immediately.
While there is a great deal of discussion these days on the Common Core State Standards, much of it is being done at emotional levels that are just too high to be valuable. Lots of red-meat rhetoric, plenty of vitriol, and a few scare tactics for good measure. It makes for a wholly unproductive discussion.