Must Teaching Really Change in the 21st Century?

Maybe I am just a cranky old man, or maybe I do not understand what others are talking about, or maybe both. I recently read an article in which the author stated that teachers must change their “delivery systems” when teaching the new Common Core Standards. The reason teachers need to change the way they teach is because the expectations are so different. You know, 21st Century skills, technology, blah, blah, blah. Also, this past week I read an article recommended by a br

What Should Be the Core of the Common Core?

As all new attempts at curriculum reform, the Common Core has generated its’ share of criticism. Looking back at Whole Language, New Math, Outcome Based Education and other initiatives, the well-intended reforms floundered on the shoals of public misunderstanding, poor implementation, over-implementation, and all the other risks of change. The major differentiation currently, of course, is the breadth of the Common Core mandate. Much of the internal anxiety over Common Core

Adequate Teacher Training

An article published in Education Week, August 14, 2014, reports teachers feel inadequately prepared for Common Core, even after receiving steady training. In 2012, two-thirds of teachers reported they were receiving “…high quality” training, but that fell to only half of teachers reporting in 2013. A major source of concern was that only 40% of the teachers felt their textbooks and teaching materials were aligned with the Core Curriculum. Of course, that illustrates the te