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Bill Gates Must Be Worried About Common Core Survival | deutsch29

Bill Gates Must Be Worried About Common Core Survival | deutsch29:

Bill Gates Must Be Worried About Common Core Survival

October 5, 2013


Bill Gates is heavily invested in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). However, CCSS is in trouble. Even US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan isdesperately trying to save them.
Forget the students and teachers. It’s the Standards that the likes of Gates and Duncan wish to rescue.
Gates/Scholastic CCSS Survey Result ”Early Release”
In order to promote the image of CCSS as being embraced by teachers, Gates has partnered with Scholastic to produce the 2013 version of Gates education survey, Primary Sources. Even though the survey isn’t ready yet for release, Gates has decided to publish an “early release”, a report based upon the part of the surveyfocused on teachers’ views of CCSS.
Of course, this early release presents positive results:
Teachers support CCSS.
Imagine that.
Never mind that Gates’ partner in this survey project, Scholastic, has taken $4.5 million from Gates to “support teachers’  implementation of the Common Core State Standards in mathematics.”
If CCSS goes bust, Scholastic loses money.
In releasing a partial survey result, Gates is clearly attempting to rally support for CCSS. I mean, it sure does sound good to say, “We surveyed 20,000 teachers nationwide, and they know about and want CCSS.”
I do not normally write posts based upon partial survey results. Releasing a partial result bespeaks an agenda to speedily influence an issue. I like to see the entire 

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On the “Wrong” Side of the Anacostia River | Angel Cintron Jr.:

On the “Wrong” Side of the Anacostia River



Introduction
Education reform is failing traditional DC public middle schools located east of the Anacostia River. Regardless of popular education debates centered on the merits of school choice, private and public charter schools, common core, teacher evaluations, etc., the “achievement gap” in Wards 7 and 8, versus the rest of DC traditional public middle schools, has gone largely unnoticed. Simply put, there’s a grave disparity between the traditional public middle schools located west of the Anacostia River versus those located to its east. My goal is not to use child poverty as an “excuse.” My aim is to shed light on how child poverty can, and does, affect student performance across traditional DC public middle schools.

A Brief Breakdown of DC Wards
Source: DC Action for Children (2011)
  • The average family income in Ward 3 in the Northwest is nearly six times higher than in Ward 8, east of the Anacostia River. Since the recession, we have also seen an increase in 

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Teaching Future Presidents!

A conversation in a workshop, in a classroom, in a school, in a district, in a city, in a state, in our country. An unfortunate conversation that has probably been repeated many times across the U.S. READ MORE…

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