Tag Archives: Common Core State Standards

Neither Men Nor Toadstools

AUDIO: Neither Men Nor Toadstools I’m inclined to think “teaching” and “instruction” in institutional contexts are only misguided industrial practice. The best that can be done (and one might admit it’s not nothing though suspect) is to learn a way to speak about the mechanics of language conventions. The only way to “master” these conventions is […]

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Educating Business Ethics

The population of the US seems to be experiencing a kind of national awakening regarding the harsh and endemic inequalities of our “Us vs Them” economic reality.  Though it seems possible that our bail-out and bubble-induced slogans of solidarity will fade into our historical moment to be studied by the future (should there be one […]

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Common Core State Standards: A Stuccoed Stratum of Obscurity

What follows are two pieces by Eric Sargent, an educator in the St. Louis area, and good friend to the Errant.  Eric has written the below in response to the state of education but also in response to our recent interest in Robert Frost.  If I may be so bold, I will offer as preface, […]

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Experts Serving Interests: Academic Collusion in the Corporate State

Readers of Errant musings know that my primary focus seems to always have a common theme: the loss of local human good to the abstractions of wealth and power.  We are seeing a very rapid decline in social goods “produced” by human economy replaced rapidly and without check by the externally and mechanically produced “cultural” […]

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In the Midst of Apocalypse: Tom Friedman Is a Weathercock of Irrelevance

In the Midst of Apocalypse: Tom Friedman Is a Weathercock of Irrelevance

Look, no listen, no hear… The world is riven.  More and more we strike epiphanic notes.  Aha, the world is run by the few at the expense of the many.  Aha, utility privileges the few and makes quantification of “the good” a measured excuse.  Aha, capitalism floats the boats of the wealthy in any country […]

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Implementing Common Core State Standards: An Inside View

The B-town Errant received a communication from the trenches this morning regarding the recent posts about Common Corporate State Standards. Our correspondent generously agreed to allow us to reproduce the email.  I have altered some of the personal content in the text to further the anonymity of this respondent. I have not indented it as […]

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Walmart Scholars Aghast at Barbaric Liberal Goons Against Common Core

Keeping with our recent focus on the Occupy Movement and in particular that directed at corporate control of the local institutions of public education I thought I’d share my favorite Reform Scholar blog’s response to the “Occupy DOE” video that we blogged about here on Friday, “Occupy the DOE: New York’s Panel on Educational Policy […]

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Occupy Common Core Standards: Butchering and Packaging Kids for Global Capital

This is actually pretty simple to see and realize: the ruse called education reform is being legitimized from the top down by offering a “veneer” of scholarly research and governmental agreement alongside the “scare tactics” of “keeping up with Korea”, or any other Asian country of your choice.  It seems the “Red Scare” of Mao’s […]

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HT Editorial: Of course longer school days are better, who would argue?

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I would. The editorial today titled “Longer school day opens opportunities” basically just repeats the story written by Bethany Nolan on Thursday this week called “Longer days to fill needs at MCCSC”.  I would link to this, but it’s behind a pay wall so why bother.  If you have a sub to the paper you […]

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Building the Insanity In: Ex Machina

This is not a movie review. This is me thinking about empathy. Last night, lonely little ol’ me sat in […]

Dislodged Giant: Can We Use Stevens to Interpret Dickinson?

You tell me. “I thought that nature was enough” by Emily Dickinson I thought that nature was enough Till Human […]

By Metaphor Alone

Motivation matters. If the scientific method (which we make into the massive all-encompassing abstraction of SCIENCE to compete with the […]

By Force of Law

Nothing new under the sun. Why do you suppose a “Sanders” presidency would change what is described below in Chapter […]

Now You Know What A Horse Is: Views On Education in the 19th Century

Schools are scenes of extreme manipulation and coercion. Our national and state interest in them is less than benign, or […]

A Rule of Storytelling and Unhappiness

As my friend began reading William Morris’s News From Nowhere, or, An Epic of Rest, I thought I might take […]