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    DPI responds to criticism of revised social studies standards

    In December, I wrote about my concerns with the revised standards for the American history course.  A few days ago, N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI) staff responded to some of those concerns. DPI staff contend that the standards are “conceptually-written or broadly stated to focus on concepts and…
    Terry Stoops, January 28, 2020
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    Woke History Is Making Big Inroads in America’s High Schools

    In an article originally published in RealClearInvestigations, former News & Observer reporter John Murawski writes, Like growing numbers of public high school students across the country, many California kids are receiving classroom instruction in how race, class, gender, sexuality, and citizenship status are tools of oppression, power, and privilege. They…
    Terry Stoops, October 22, 2019
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    Did NC ditch Common Core? Nope.

    Amber Northern and Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute argue that North Carolina’s mathematics standards are weak because the state “ditched Common Core.” This is not true. North Carolina reviewed and revised the Common Core math standards, which were adopted by the N.C. State Board of…
    Terry Stoops, September 10, 2018
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    High school math standard time crunch

    I am pleased that the NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and NC State Board of Education (SBE) are considering changes to the high school math standards.   Although far from ideal, the proposed changes to sequencing and addition of clarifying language would align with the work of the Academic…
    Terry Stoops, May 5, 2016
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    “Math Ready” but “Ready” for What?

    Last week a school board member asked me if I knew anything about “Math Ready.” The local system made a presentation asking the board to approve adding this high school course. “Math Ready” is endorsed by the NC Department of Public Instruction, and developed by the Southern Regional…
    Lindalyn Kakadelis, July 14, 2014
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    Common Core video

    The following is a video created by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to promote the Common Core State Standards.  Apparently, getting correct answers in math class and needing paper and pencil to solve a math problem is bad.
    Terry Stoops, April 17, 2013