Greetings from Nashville, where I’ve been attending the 67th annual conference of the Education Writers Association.
Among the hottest topics: the Common Core.
Speakers at a variety of sessions have passionately dissected the pros and cons of the new set of learning standards, which Washington and 43 other states have agreed to use.
On one end of the spectrum, Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, predicted the Common Core’s demise, while at the other, Jemelleh Coes, Georgia’s teacher of the year, said it would absolutely improve student achievement.
One of the most interesting speakers was William Schmidt, a professor of mathematics and education at Michigan State University, who supports the Common Core but sees a lot of pitfalls in how schools are putting it into place.More