After decades of conflict between those who wanted to remain part of the United Kingdom and those who wanted independence from the UK in order to become more connected with the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland is currently involved in the complex process of healing.
Every time I hear or think about the immediate impact of the mandated Common Core State Standards on the young children of today, I get deeply concerned.
This article originally appeared at Boston Parents Paper. by Geralyn McLaughlin, Diane Levin & Nancy Carlsson-Paige If you are the parent of a young child, chances are you have seen firsthand that kindergarten has changed dramatically since you were young. There has been a well-documented, though highly controversial, push-down of academics into the earlier [Click for more…]
Originally posted at the Washington Post. By Valerie Strauss with Geralyn McLaughlin, Nancy Carlsson-Paige. This is a report on Defending the Early Years’ survey on early childhood teachers’ views about current state and national early childhood education policies and mandates. The Common Core State Standards for students in kindergarten through Grade 3 have come under severe criticism by [Click for more…]
Reprinted from WashingtonPost.com Increasingly we hear that academic work, including test prep, is reaching down into the lowest grades, even preschool. Here’s a post with teacher concerns on the issue, written by Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, and Diane E. Levin. They run the nonprofit called Defending the Early Years, which seeks to rally educators [Click for more…]