Struggling with Common Core

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- I am struggling with the Common Core ELA curriculum.  We’ve been talking about Common Core nationally for several years now but it has only this year actually trickled down into my high school classroom with the new, mandated Louisiana Believes curriculum which is hosted on Learnzillion. Apparently what “Louisiana believes” … Continue reading Struggling with Common Core

Report from Louisiana: Reject the Scripted Curriculum

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Let’s talk Common Core one more time.  I don’t know why this is still an issue, why this is still a thing, why it still exists, but it does. Many states have renamed it, but no matter what name you give it, it’s still Common Core, and it’s rotten. Besides … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Reject the Scripted Curriculum

Rotten to the Core Common Core is still Rotten

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  Despite what anyone tells you, Common Core is alive and well across the country.  It’s not always called Common Core anymore because of all the negative connotations and observations after its launch, but it’s still there. Some states have renamed the program.  In Louisiana, it’s called Louisiana Believes.  In New … Continue reading Rotten to the Core Common Core is still Rotten

Report from Louisiana: End of Summer, New Curriculum, Back to School

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Shortest summer ever.  I report back to work Thursday with a series of workshops and on our new high school ELA curriculum and students report back to class August 2.  When I first started teaching twenty years ago, my first report date was August 25; seems like it backs up … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: End of Summer, New Curriculum, Back to School

Report from Louisiana: John Bel Edwards is *gasp* Acting Like a Democrat!

By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – He’s not even been inaugurated yet and John Bel Edwards appears to be giving the shaft to his supporters and waffling on his promise to get rid of state superintendent of education, John White. Many Republican voters eschewed David Vitter in the most recent gubernatorial election because, well, they just … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: John Bel Edwards is *gasp* Acting Like a Democrat!

Must Watch Video on Education Reforms in Louisiana

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Nothing is sillier than the political season in the South; well, the political season ventures into the absurd almost anywhere, but in the South, it seems, it gets particularly ridiculous. In the local round of elections on October 24, we had several spots in contention on the BESE Board (the … Continue reading Must Watch Video on Education Reforms in Louisiana

Obama’s ‘Testing Cap’ Comes At Convenient Political Moment

By A.P. Dillon If it looks like a political stunt and smells like a political stunt, then it stands to reason it is a political stunt. President Obama's big shift in rhetoric on testing this past week comes at a politically convenient time.  In a total course reversal, Obama wants a cap that limits the testing on … Continue reading Obama’s ‘Testing Cap’ Comes At Convenient Political Moment

How I Spent Common Core’s 5th Birthday

By A.P. Dillon In North Carolina, I'm known by many as the 'Stop Common Core lady' and with good reason. I've been fighting Common Core every single day and have written over 1,300 articles on Common Core in various places (including my personal blog and here at Da Tech Guy) over the course of the last … Continue reading How I Spent Common Core’s 5th Birthday

Hillary Made $225K Off Jeb Bush Tied Ed Group

By A.P. Dillon Well, it would appear that an education outfit threw over $225k to Hillary Clinton for a speaking engagement back in March, 2014. Hillary Clinton Paid $225k by Jeb Bush's Education Company for speaking engagement https://t.co/LhU3LrBcmB #NoJeb #NoHillary — A.P. Dillon - LL1885 (@LadyLiberty1885) May 26, 2015 The article is short, go read it. … Continue reading Hillary Made $225K Off Jeb Bush Tied Ed Group

Louisiana’s Common Core Compromise

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Louisiana may be making progress toward getting out of Common Core, but it won’t be in time to further Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential aspirations. Last week a series of bills dubbed the Common Core Compromise began working through the Louisiana legislature.  State Representative Brett Geymann is the author of HB373 … Continue reading Louisiana’s Common Core Compromise

The Common Core War Of Unicorns and Crawfish

By A.P. Dillon If you've followed the Common Core debate over the last two to three years, one thing has been clear: Supporters of the standards can be relied on to mock opponents. The display of 'new tone', or shutuppery as I call it, has been very visible. Examples range from the Secretary of Education and … Continue reading The Common Core War Of Unicorns and Crawfish

The Clinton Core Standards

By A.P. Dillon Common Core and the high-stakes tests associated with it continue to see enormous backlash nationwide. In former Senator Hillary Clinton's New York, two bills have been filed to allow for parents to opt out of the tests, however parents aren't waiting for state approvals and are opting their children out at an incredible … Continue reading The Clinton Core Standards

From The Mouths Of Our Children To Ed Reformers Ears

By A.P. Dillon In New York, the energy from the movement by parents to opt their children out of standardized testing and push back against one-size-fits-all reforms like Common Core is fueling the same fights in the rest of the states. What is going on in New York and elsewhere is not just a fight about … Continue reading From The Mouths Of Our Children To Ed Reformers Ears

Incentives and Bribes for Not Opting Out

By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – As the national opt-out movement gains momentum, school districts are getting nervous about kids not showing up for the intensive PARCC tests. NOLA reported this week that in Alexandria, Louisiana, kids are being offered incentives to take the test such as being excused from the school dress code for the … Continue reading Incentives and Bribes for Not Opting Out

Spring Testing Season Has Arrived

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  over the next several weeks, kids across the nation are going to be subjected to long, grueling, standardized tests to prove that they are learning and that teachers are doing their job. In Louisiana, this is the schedule I indicated about … Continue reading Spring Testing Season Has Arrived