Stanley Kurtz: Drilling Through the Core   2 comments

I can’t wait to read Drilling Through the Core.

I’m sharing this brand new book before reading it myself, because I know these authors and I’ve read their work, making it a must-read for me.

You can check out the book’s review at:  The Corner (National Review) by Stanley Kurtz, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Buy the book  here.


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Kurtz’ review of Drilling Through the Core says:    “It’s all here, from the most basic explanation of what Common Core is, to the history, the major arguments for and against, and so much more. The controversies over both the English and math standards are explained; the major players in the public battle are identified; the battle over Gates Foundation’s role is anatomized; the roles of the tests and the testing consortia are reviewed; concerns over data-mining and privacy are laid out; the dumbing-down effect on the college curriculum is explained; as is the role of the Obama administration and the teachers unions. I found the sections on “big data” particularly helpful. I confess that despite my considerable interest in Common Core, I hadn’t much followed the data-mining issue. Boy was that a mistake. It strikes me that the potential for abuse of personal data is substantially greater in the case of Common Core than in the matter of national security surveillance. With Common Core we are talking about databases capable of tracking every American individual from kindergarten through adulthood, and tremendous potential for the sharing of data with not only government but private groups…
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2 responses to “Stanley Kurtz: Drilling Through the Core

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  1. Thanks so much for the notice! I’ve ordered it because, like you, knowing of the author, it will be a most worthwhile read. Melanie

  2. Why have scholars of the calibre of Sandra Stotsky and James Milgram associated themselves with Richard Paul’s Critical Thinking Competency Standards, which have served as the basis for North Carolina’s new replacement standards, the so-called North Carolina Plan? I have not read all of the Critical Thinking Competency standards but I have read enough to know that they perfectly fit Stotsky’s definition of “empty skill sets.” As many of the readers of this blog now realize, the expression “critical thinking skills” in and of itself is a reason for caution. I am baffled and disturbed by this alliance, and I would appreciate any illumination that might make sense of it.

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