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No, the Common Core Does Not Ban The Catcher in the Rye

masaaki miyara / Flickr Contrary to what you may have read elsewhere, the new Common Core standards coming to Ohio and most other states by 2014 does not mandate that schools toss books like The Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird from what they teach. Christina Hank, a curriculum director for the [...]

Why a Third Grade Reading Guarantee on Its Own Won’t Help Ohio Children

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Sarah Gilbert / Flickr Gov. John Kasich wants schools to make sure students can read by the time they leave third grade, but says schools should do that without new state funding. He’s calling it a third-grade reading guarantee. But the researcher who wrote a report the Kasich administration cites in support of the proposal [...]

Why Reading and Math are Not Just for the College-bound

Recent cuts in federal funding for vocational and technical education have added more fuel to the “should everybody go to college” debate. Matthew Yglesias, a blogger for the Center for American Progress, writes that it’s “at least plausible” that some students might learn basic reading and math skills in a vocational setting. But the focus [...]

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