Month: September 2014

If Charter Schools don’t want Bad Regulations Imposed on Us, we Must Fix our Bad Policies, starting with Mandatory Volunteering Policies

First, I want to preface this article that I generally support charter schools (and as full disclosure I work for one), because  I support having the freedom to innovate in education, and I have seen first hand how traditional regulations burden education, stopping innovation.  As an example of this at the post-secondary level, by the way Title IV regulations are written, Stanford University should no longer be allowed to offer Pell Grants or other financial aid, because they tried to freely share their education with the world via several MOOCs, as I wrote about in the short paper: Why MOOCs Might Be Hindered by the Definition of Correspondence Education.  This same type of unintended consequences of regulation occurs in K-12 schools also, and charter schools are one good method of helping to get around this problem.

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My Short Critique of the Common Core Math Standards

I have not wanted to post too much about the Common Core until I had some time to learn more about it, think about it, etc.  So I’ve been sharing tidbits so far.  But I think it is time to share some of my critiques about the math standards, which I hope may filter into the next set of standards.

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