Author Archive: Heather Crossin

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A Peek at Indiana’s New Draft ELA Standards

February 24, 2014 5 Comments

We recently put out a general request for feedback on the new “draft” Indiana standards.  Here are some general comments that we have heard from teachers on the ELA Standards.  It is by NO means a comprehensive critique, but rather a compilation of some of the comments we have received to date.  We expect that […]

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Why NCTM’s “Fuzzy” Math Standards are Wrong for Indiana

February 16, 2014 0 Comments

Most all will agree that one of the reasons we are having a debate about national standards in this country in the first place, is because of the belief that American students are entering college woefully underprepared.  There is a presumption that we must adopt standards that will ensure that students entering college are actually […]

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Indiana Common Core Review: A Stacked Deck?

February 12, 2014 28 Comments
Indiana Common Core Review: A Stacked Deck?

If you were going to the trial of someone accused of murdering a loved one, would it concern you if almost 50% of the jury had signed statements that they believed the accused was innocent?  Would you consider such a jury to be “fair” and “neutral?”  Would you believe that the “process” of our judicial […]

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Common Core Reversal – Are We There Yet?

January 20, 2014 5 Comments
Common Core Reversal – Are We There Yet?

Last week’s flurry of Common Core articles give us some indication of where Indiana is headed.  Our response can best be summed up with the following: “We’ve come a long way, but we aren’t out of the woods yet!  The most crucial miles have yet to be travelled, before we cross the finish line.” To fully […]

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The Changing Role of Education in America

January 8, 2014 1 Comment
The Changing Role of Education in America

Hoosiers, like those in a number of other states, have been stuck indoors the last few days, due to record-breaking temperatures and snow.  Many have likely put away their Christmas decorations and exhausted projects in the home, which makes this a perfect time to watch some of the videos from the Common Core conference that […]

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