But one of the problems it is easy to run into when joining that fight is the politics at play. There are numerous aspects of this monster to dislike, and it can feel like not everyone is playing on the same team. Nielsen appears to be a democrat, and this book takes up the fight from an anti-big business aspect. Good, and important in this discussion.
The thing I am still trying to decide is.. Why would something so obviously flawed EVER make it into public schools? Nielsen feels that the answers can be found in Big Business. They, he contend, WANT our schools closed and replaced with for-profit charters. Is that the case? I don't know.
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It's certainly something worth considering. This, like his other book, is an easy read. And I was happy to see the bi-partisan aspects honestly, the really crappy education promised by CCSS is completely bi-partisan, as is the fact that good teachers are quitting the profession. He does describe the origins of this, which is good. Ultimately, if you are just trying to put this mess into context, Mr.
Nielsen's books are an excellent starting point. Feb 04, Tracy rated it it was ok. First, he refers to our society as a democracy. But many make that same mistake. Then he mentions he's glad he lives in a society that believes every child deserves a free education. Maybe a little socialist sounding to me, but I'll give him more than 2 pages.
Nov 09, Lindsey rated it did not like it. Read this book for a course that is part of my masters program in literacy education.
This author has great points to make, but does not provide enough evidence or go deep enough into the problems with Common Core to be believable. Instead, his anger and indignation come across without being academic or totally believable. I so wish he had done a better job of arguing his case. I really do. Jul 21, Leslie rated it really liked it.
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This is a nice summary of high-stakes testing and the common core. I think it's better structured than a few of the more popular books on the topic Jun 18, Noelle rated it it was amazing. Read this book if you want to understand what is happening to our schools and our children.
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Then fight to take our schools back! Opt them out of high-stakes testing! Apr 25, Melissa rated it really liked it. This book was very informative, well written. Provided other resources to gather information on Common Core. Apr 24, Lisa rated it really liked it. Amy rated it it was amazing Jul 10, Andrew rated it liked it Jul 13, Jim rated it really liked it Jun 17, Teri rated it it was amazing May 25, Margaret rated it really liked it Mar 17, Heather rated it it was amazing Jul 25, Aug 06, Russell Winn rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites.
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About Kris L. Kris L. Nielsen has worked in education for about a decade, and has been a middle grades educator and instructional leader for six years in New Mexico, Oregon, and North Carolina. He is a graduate of Western Governors University's Master of Science Education program, with emphasis on child development and instructional technology. My FamilyConnect. Expanded Core Curriculum Subjects and Skills: Resources for Families The following are the subjects and skills that students who are visually impaired are taught to enable them to study the basic educational curriculum along with their sighted classmates.
Compensatory academics —critical skills that students need to be successful in school, such as concept development, organizational skills, speaking and listening, and communication skills such as braille or print reading and writing. Orientation and mobility —skills to orient children who are visually impaired to their surroundings and travel skills to enable them to move independently and safely in the environment, such as: Human guide techniques also known as sighted guide Using standard and adaptive canes Recognizing cues and landmarks Moving through space by walking or using a wheelchair Requesting assistance Social interaction —skills needed to respond appropriately and participate actively in social situations, such as: Shaking hands Turning toward others when speaking or being spoken to Using language to make a request, decline assistance, or express a need Expressing emotion and affection appropriately Participating appropriately in conversations in various situations Independent living —skills needed to function as independently as possible in school and at home, including personal grooming, time management, cooking, cleaning, clothing care, and money management.
Recreation and leisure —skills to ensure students' enjoyment of physical and leisure-time activities, including Making choices about how to spend leisure time, Actively participating in physical and social recreational activities Trying new leisure activities Following rules in games and activities at an appropriate level Maintaining safety during leisure activities Sensory efficiency —skills that help students use the senses, including any functional vision, hearing, touch, smell olfactory , and taste gustatory.
Examples of sensory efficiency skills your child may learn include: Using optical aids Using augmentative and alternative communication devices Using touch and vision to identify personal items Using sense of smell to know when nearing the school cafeteria Use of technology —skills to use devices such as computers or other electronic equipment that make it easier to function effectively in school, at home, and in the workplace. Career education —skills that enable students who are visually impaired to move toward working as an adult, including Exploring and expressing preferences about work roles Assuming work responsibilities at home and school Understanding concepts of reward for work Participating in job experiences Learning about jobs and adult work roles at a developmentally appropriate level Self-determination —skills to enable students to become effective advocates for themselves based on their own needs and goals.
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