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The home of “things said” by the National Association of Scholars.

Are Your Kids Getting a Daily Dose of News Propaganda with Their Common Core?

Ashley Thorne

Common Core offers students dumbed down and biased news articles to fill an appetite of "informational texts."

Common Core's Bluegrass Blues

David Randall

Kentucky adopted Common Core early; now it's suffering the consequences.

Peter Wood: "The Common Core Is Dead"

Peter Wood

Do Common Core State Standards make sense to you? How do they affect you and your children? NAS President Peter Wood gets to the core of the matter. 

Peter Wood to Speak on Common Core State Standards at The Heartland Institute

NAS

Wood's book, Drilling Through the Core, examines how Common Core State Standards have affected curriculums and whether they are even legal.

School Choice: Fig Leaf of the Pro-Common Core Right

Sandra Stotsky

Charters, choice, and decentralization cannot solve the problem.

Gates Gag for Common Core

David Randall

Common Core proponents don’t want independent criticism or public review.

Lawsuit Claims "End Common Core" Referendum Is Illegal

NAS

Grassroots efforts in Massachusetts to let voters repeal the Common Core are under attack from a lawsuit. 

Common Core Damage Will Last for Years to Come

Chance Layton

NAS President Peter Wood, in a recent Heartlander article, explains the failures of Common Core and why it’s in the process of leaving America’s public schools.

From Common Core to Common Corpse

David Randall

Student revolt delays the imposition of Common Core in New York State--perhaps forever.

Massachusetts Aligns Further With The Common Core

NAS

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has voted in favor of a Common-Core aligned standardized test.

Peter Wood Interviewed on Common Core

NAS

NAS President Peter Wood is interviewed at CNSNews.com on the dangers the Common Core poses to American education.

Announcement: Georgia Association of Scholars Event

NAS

The Georgia Association of Scholars is hosting an event with Mary Grabar, Ph.D., on November 17th. 

The Boston Globe Hosts A Debate on Whether to Leave the Common Core

David Randall

NAS board member Sandra Stotsky makes the case that Massachusetts should leave the Common Core.

C-SPAN Airs Launch of Drilling Through The Core

NAS

Panel discussion marks the publication of Drilling Through The Core.

College Board Rewrites Advanced Placement U.S. History Standards and History Itself

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood reviews what has gone wrong with the APUSH standards.

PARCC Results Mean Nothing

Sandra Stotsky

NAS board member Sandra Stotsky explains how Common Core-based tests fail to produce intelligible results.

How Massachusetts Promoted Achievement Before Common Core & PARCC

Sandra Stotsky

Sandra Stotsky comments on Massachusetts K-12 standardized testing reports. 

Social Injustices: Closing Corinthian, Coring College

Peter Wood

Elites claim their education reforms benefit the poor. But the closing of Corinthian Colleges and higher education's adjustment to Common Core do more harm than good.

Video of Common Core Debate

NAS

NAS president Peter Wood and Kathleen Porter-Magee discussed the pros and cons of the Common Core at a debate at Saint Francis College.

Scholars Milgram and Stotsky Explain Problems with the Common Core

NAS

Drs. Jim Milgram and Sandra Stotsky critique the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in a KTVN 2 News interview. 

Opposing Common Core, State by State

NAS

Across the country, parents and citizens who are opposed to the Common Core State Standards have used Facebook to organize by state.

College Un-Ready

NAS

NAS board member Sandra Stotsky writes about the failures of the Common Core State Standards to prepare students for truly college-level reading and thinking.

Better Alternatives to the Common Core Are Out There

NAS

Sandra Stotsky responds to the claim that the Common Core is impossible to replace.

Video Coverage of Common Core Debate at St. Francis College

NAS

St. Francis College recently hosted a debate on the Common Core between NAS President Peter Wood and Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Sol Stern. Video coverage of the full event is available for viewing.

Common Core Standards Set by Our Elites

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood visited Birmingham, Alabama to discuss the Common Core with the Alabama chapter of the Eagle Forum.

Sandra Stotsky on Governors and the Common Core

NAS

NAS board member Sandra Stotsky has published an article in Breitbart taking Republican governors to task for their recent “pretend to revise Common Core” moves.

Common Core: Yea or Nay?

NAS

A new book by Peter Wood and Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Sol Stern addresses the question—Common Core: Yea or Nay?

With Common Core, States Face Problem of Which Tests to Give to Students

Sandra Stotsky

Which tests should states give to their K-12 students?

Study Finds Poetry Slighted in Common Core English Standards

Sandra Stotsky

Significant overall reduction in time spent on classic literary texts will make it difficult to give poetry the prominence it deserves.

Fault Lines: The Common Core in California

Peter Wood

In an exchange with a Common Core defender, Peter Wood investigates K-12 standards in California. 

Common Complaints

Peter Wood

Dr. Wood replies to Sol Stern and discusses the ways in which the Common Core will harm students and lower standards.

Common Core Mathematics Standards

Sandra Stotsky

Professor William McCallum remarks on college readiness in Common Core’s mathematics standards at a meeting sponsored by the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America.

Debunking Common Core Myths

Sandra Stotsky

Common Core expert Sandra Stotsky offers facts about the Common Core to set the record straight. 

What the Common Core Will Do to Colleges

Peter Wood

The Common Core will not make an appreciable number of students more "college ready." Rather, it feeds the illusion that a college degree is a ticket to personal prosperity.

The SAT Upgrade Is a Big Mistake

Peter Wood

In an attempt to advance "social justice," the College Board has once again revised the SAT.

Carving Out the Core: A Former Homeschooler’s Perspective on the CCSS

Marilee Turscak

How will the inclusion of Core material in standardized tests affect the nation's homeschool population? 

Common Core Doesn't Add Up to STEM Success

Sandra Stotsky

The Common Core State Standards won't prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, writes NAS board member Sandra Stotsky 

Top-Down or Bottom-Up? Winter AQ Issue Examines Campus Progressivism's Origins

NAS

The last issue in Academic Questions' 2013 volume considers the sources of progressive ideology on campus.

Catholic Scholars Take Stand Opposing the Common Core

NAS

A group of 132 Catholic professors have urged bishops in the United States to reject the Common Core K-12 State Standards for Catholic schools in their dioceses.

Common Core State Standards: Above and Beyond

William H. Young

William Young concludes his series on CCSS by emphasizing why K-12 education is in need of a complete overhaul.

Common Core State Standards: Teacher Training and Pedagogy

William H. Young

William Young describes the measures necessary to prepare new teachers for CCSS.

Sandra Stotsky Talks Common Core on Al Jazeera

Ashley Thorne

NAS board member Sandra Stotsky, who served on the National Validation Committee for the Common Core, discusses the State Standards on Al Jazeera.

Common Core State Standards: Schools of Education

William H. Young

William Young examines the serious inadequacy of education schools in preparing teachers for the K-12 classroom.

Common Core State Standards: Student Assessments

William H. Young

Willliam Young examines methods of assessing student achievement under CCSS.

Common Core State Standards: Instructional Materials

William H. Young

William Young discusses the type of instructional materials necessary to improve K-12 educational outcomes.

Common Core State Standards: The Achievement Gap

William H. Young

William Young explains why a uniformly rigorous core curriculum will produce the best results for all students, irrespective of their social backgrounds.

Common Core State Standards: Cogs for the Economic Machine

William H. Young

William Young examines the ongoing debate over CCSS, and addresses the arguments of some prominent critics.

Common Core State Standards: College and Career Readiness

William H. Young

William Young discusses the serious decline in literacy and quantitative skills among students currently entering college.

Common Core State Standards: Mathematics Proficiency

William H. Young

William Young discusses CCSS proposals for revitalizing K‒12 mathematics education.

Common Core State Standards: The Gettysburg Address

William H. Young

William Young examines the proposed CCSS approach to reading and textual analysis.

Common Core State Standards: Nonfiction Versus Fiction

William H. Young

Wiliam Young examines the controversy over CCSS proposals for K‒12 reading content.

Common Core State Standards: A National Curriculum?

William H. Young

William Young examines the debate over the impact of CCSS for states.

Common Core State Standards: The Knowledge Curriculum

William H. Young

William Young discusses proposals to base K-12 education on knowledge, rather than "skills."

Common Core State Standards: Our Mathematics Problem

William H. Young

William Young discusses the steep decline in mathematics education during the last half-century.

Common Core State Standards: Our Literacy Problem

William H. Young

William Young analyzes the sharp decline in reading proficiency among both high school and college students.

Revise or Reject: The Common Core's Serious Flaws

Sandra Stotsky

NAS board member Sandra Stotsky on why the Common Core State Standards should not be accepted without major changes.

The Common Core: Better Than the Old Standards

Peter Machera

Peter Machera compares the Common Core State Standards to the "education standards of old."

Common Core State Standards: An Overview

William H. Young

William Young begins a new series that examines the Common Core State Standards.

Spring 2013 Academic Questions Issue is Out

Ashley Thorne

The first issue of NAS's quarterly journal's 2013 volume focuses on the Common Core, civics education, racial preferences, and important new books in higher education.

The Common Core State Standards: Two Views

Mark Bauerlein

Jane Robbins describes the defects in the Common Core State Standards for English and math; Mark Bauerlein responds, seeing opportunity rather than disaster. 

Stotsky and Bauerlein on Common Core ELA Standards

Crystal Plum

Two scholars from the Pioneer Institute review the make-up and effectiveness of English, Language Arts Core Standards.

More Better Citizens: Obama's Higher-Education Agenda, Part 4B of 8

Peter Wood

Peter Wood looks at the ways "diversity," loan forgiveness for public service, the Common Core State Standards, and Obama's earlier involvment with the group Public Allies show the President's overall determination to use higher education as a tool of political ideology.

The Core Conundrum

Peter Wood

Peter Wood takes note of the emerging battle over the legality of the Common Core curriculum.

Nomenclatura

Will Fitzhugh

Educational special interest agents can be effective only if they focus on the actual academic work of our students, argues Will Fitzhugh.

Common Core Standards Miss the Mark

Sandra Stotsky

Sandra Stotsky believes new standards for grades 6-12 English are too low and don't equip students to be "college- and career-ready.

Ratatat, Sissy, Bay State Boom: Obama Whacks K-12 Standards

Peter Wood

Critics say Race to the Top and the Common Core State Standards Initiative will make K-12 education worse.

The New K-12 Standards Debate

Peter Wood

Under pressure, 48 states have proposed common standards for grades K-12. Some of them are having second thoughts. What do you think?

What's Cooking

Peter Wood

Yale, Virgina Tech, East Georgia, Eastern Michigan, Latin American Historians, 21st Century Cluelessness, and CampusReform.org--we've got it all.

Horse-Hair Justice

Peter Wood

Thoughts on "21st-Century Skills" and where education should begin.