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“Building the Machine”: a documentary about Common Core

The intense 39-minute documentary “Building the Machine” was released for Web viewing yesterday. It reveals the sneaky history of how the standards came to be. It is a compelling essay against the adoption of the Common Core standards nationwide. I only wish it were longer and in greater depth (Note: a 70-minute DVD set will […]

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“The Drugging of the American Boy” from Esquire Magazine

By the time they reach high school, nearly 20 percent of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of those boys will be prescribed a powerful stimulant to “normalize” them. A great many of those boys will suffer serious side effects from those drugs. The shocking truth is that many of those diagnoses […]

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Kindergarten Teacher Quits Over Standarized Testing

Veteran teacher Susan Sluyter explained Tuesday why she walked off the job in Cambridge, Mass., after nearly two decades. Standardized testing has robbed the soul of teaching. “So many things … pulled me away from the classroom and fractured my time with the children,” she told the “Today” show. Mass. teacher who quit over testing […]

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“Zero Tolerance Hurts Kids and Ruins Schools” from Reason Magazine

Virginia Beach sixth-grader Adrionna Harris took a razor away from a troubled student who was cutting himself and threw it in the trash. When school administrators found out, they gave her a certificate of merit for helping a classmate. Ha, ha! Of course they didn’t. They gave her a 10-day suspension, with a recommendation that […]

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Child’s Play: A Passion of Mine

The Overprotected Kid by Hanna Rosin in The Atlantic last week is very powerful. It illuminates just how bland playgrounds have become in the last 30 years, and how that came to be. After 10 years of teaching and almost 4 of being a parent to a very adventurous little boy, I have come to […]