frightfulfrightfulOctober 31, 2014, posted by Mary Grabar: Irony Alert, Grit, True Grit, Academic Politboro Punishing Bill Maher.  The release of the Department of Education report "Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century" in 2013 seems to have had a residual effect.  The report claimed that strictly academic factors were not as important as certain personality traits, like "grit," for success in school--and life.  At the risk of suffering the same opprobrium as British English professor Thomas Docherty for being too "ironic," and "sighing and using negative body language," Dissident Prof (former English professor, who like other English professors specializes in "irony") will be ironic about "grit."

Read more: Contraries: Scary News about Education, Halloween 2014

College Board-approved TruancyCollege Board-approved TruancyPosted October 3, 2014, by Mary Grabar: What happens when a school board decides not to implement the new AP U.S. History standards wholesale and insist that such courses not present a distorted anti-American version of history?  Common Core is creeping into college, taking over the rightful role of professors, as I report at the Selous Foundation, in my article, "Common Core: K-16 Education."  It's also creeping in via the AP exams that give students college credit.  The College Board, which directs the AP coursework and exams, under the direction of its president David Coleman, "architect" of Common Core, is now using its muscle to usurp local boards of education.  The most recent example comes from the Denver area, in Jefferson County. 

Several days ago, the teachers union, objecting to the school board’s decision to review the standards, manipulated high school students into staging a multi-day walkout.  While most newspapers simply reported that students objected to "censorship" or a biased "conservative" version of American history, Michelle Malkin reported the real story of teachers using the controversy to recruit students to protest for their own aims, keeping the leftist history standards and doing away with teacher evaluations.

Read more: Common Core Architect David Coleman's Imperial College Board

at the 2014 People's Climate Marchat the 2014 People's Climate MarchPosted September 26, 2014, by Mary Grabar: The Dissident Prof was wondering why high school students would be staging walk-outs and protests over history standards, but suspected there had to be some teachers involved.  Today's high school and college students are so immersed in stories about the glory days of protests that they will walk out of class and hold up a sign at any opportunity.  The Denver Post announced, "Hundreds of Jeffco students walk out in largest school board protest" and then the Huffington Post reported, "Nearly 1,000 Colorado Students Protest a Conservative Call to Change Their History Curriculum."  Huff Post reporter Matt Ferner demonstrated he knows his stuff by pening with:

Read more: Contraries:One, Two, Three, Four!  What Are We Protesting For?  

coming to your collegecoming to your collegePosted September 19, 2014, by Mary Grabar: College professors, for the most part, have been unconcerned about Common Core and other ways the federal government is beginning to interfere with their ability to determine academic standards and teach their subject matter.  But this summer sessions were held across the country to train faculty in adjusting their teaching to the Common Core State Standards.  So, we don't have "college and career ready" standards, but "Common Core ready college standards"!   Read about it in my article, "Common Core is coming to your college (yes, college)," at the Pope Center today. This is one of the ways the federal government is exercising its control over education from pre-pre K to college.

 

Read more: Contraries: Common Core Coming to College

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