Common Core After High School: Reality Check

An interesting series of articles from commoncorediva:

For the first post in this category (Tech Thursdays, as in career tech, not digital tech), we’ll begin to take a look at the arms of Common Core than extend BEYOND 12th grade. Didn’t think it was true? Didn’t know it was possible? Many people, even in the anti Common Core movement believe CCSS is only K-12. However, more and more evidence is surfacing to disprove this. CCSS begins in Pre-K and extends all the way to graduate schools. For the sake of today’s article, however, with one report that will give us a great look into the world of adult education. Adult education encompasses community colleges, proprietary schools (those ‘for profit’ schools), public and private colleges/universities, as well as all those on-line courses. Because this report is for the vocational realm, it appears that community colleges, technical schools are the main connections. However, I didn’t find any evidence that all this was exclusive to community colleges and technical schools. As Thursday is the day I will be using to focus on all of the adult CCSS, there will be plenty of time to explore all these areas.

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The second entry is here –

Tech Thursday: Common Core Community College


The Common Core’s ‘Image Problem’ and Your Bad Boyfriend

Peter Greene has a great article about Common Core up at He does a great job of pointing out some of the problems with the standards in a way that most people can understand. It really is worth a read. Here is an excerpt:

The common core has an “image” problem in the same way that bad boyfriends have “image” problems. The image’s problem is that it can’t stand up to reality.

The crying kids. When your boyfriend makes your kids miserable, that’s a sign that he’s toxic. When your educational reform problem sucks the joy of learning out of children, something is wrong.

The addictions. If bad boyfriend is an alcoholic, you can argue that he’s not the problem—it’s just the alcohol. But the truth is you can’t separate the two. The common core has a bad addiction to high-stakes testing, lesson micro-management, and invalid teacher evaluations. It’s technically true that CCSS and these other reform ideas are separate, but they come as a package.

The lies. If you catch bad boyfriend lying about his job, his age, and his family, all the charm in the world can’t keep you from wondering what else he has lied about. Common-core boosters claimed it was written by teachers, internationally benchmarked, and research based. Turns out none of thatis true. (Pro tip: Telling lies about yourself makes it easier for others to lie about you, which a few anti-Core folks are certainly doing.)

Ten reasons the Cardinal Newman Society opposes the Common Core

Last December, The Cardinal Newman Society issued a statement expressing seri- ous reservations about the rapid adoption of the Common Core State Standards in Catholic schools across the country:

The Cardinal Newman Society is concerned that adoption of the Common Core at this time is premature. Worse, it may be a mistake that will be difficult or impossible to undo for years to come.

We do not doubt the good intentions of those who advocate the Common Core in Catholic schools, and we acknowledge their confidence that Catholic schools can maintain a strong Catholic identity even while mea- suring their quality according to secular standards.

But we do not share this confidence, in light of the sad experience in recent decades of many Catholic colleges, hospitals, and charities that believed they could infuse Catholic identity into the secular standards that they embraced.

The Common Core standards—developed with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and promoted with federal grants from the Obama administration—were adopted rapidly by many states and have quickly become controversial, often in the political arena but also in Catholic circles. Last fall we responded to these radical changes in education by launching our Catholic Is Our Core initiative. This month we are expanding our programs for K-12 Catholic education. Our added expert staff will promote and defend faithful Catholic education with regard to Catholic school standards, accreditation, teacher orientation, new school startup procedures while we continue our popular Catholic High School Honor Roll.

This has all moved so rapidly, and The Cardinal Newman Society continues to receive questions about the Common Core and Catholic education nearly every day. For your convenience, we have detailed 10 facts that every Catholic should know about the Common Core. In addition, our statement on the Common Core and many other helpful resources are available on our special Common Core website, We welcome your contributions of additional information and insights that may be valuable to Catholic parents, educators, pastors, and bishops.

Read the rest here.

60% of families will choose board games over ‘unsociable’ video games this Christmas

An old article from the Daily Mail:

Six out of ten families will choose board games over ‘unsociable’ computer games this Christmas, a study has found.

While gadgets, gizmos and games consoles will feature on many wish lists this year, millions of families will still find time to dig out old classics like Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble.

Most of those who will opt for board games said they preferred them because they ‘brought the family together,’ while others cited the fact they are ‘more fun’.

I would really like to believe this, though there are much better games than “the classics” they list as most popular:

“Monopoly emerged as the number one Christmas board game, followed by Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, Pictionary and Cluedo.”

Rise of Augustus, Forbidden Island, Ticket to Ride, Takenoko, Zooloretto, Hey, That’s My Fish!, Category 5, Jamaica, Snow Tails, and Escape: The Curse of the Temple are all much more fun and engaging. There is a whole world of board games out there that most people don’t know about.