What I’d Like to See

. . . is some kind of real discussion of the Common Core Standards, instead of something like this: “One thing that the Common Core addresses is quality versus quantity,” said Dr. Nicholas Jankoviak, coordinator of federal programs for Paragould School District. “With Arkansas Frameworks we’re talking about student learning expectations, with Common Core, we’re […]

Turn Up the Heat

A friend and her 4-year-old came to visit last week. While I was making dinner, the fire alarm shrieked. The warning was on account of the scallops with bacon (I was feeling the call of the south).Our Little Friend: What’s that sound?My First Daughter: It’s the fire alarm.Our Little Friend: What does it mean?My First […]


This debate about the Common Core Standards is one in which I have a deep and abiding interest. In the last year, much of my content development work has been to write (or edit or review) materials addressing these standards. As standards go, what I can say is that they’re fine. Nothing unusual. Nothing at all outside of […]