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Learning versus the Common Core

2019
Author:

Nicholas Tampio

Learning versus the Common Core

An open challenge to Common Core’s drive for uniformity

Learning versus the Common Core explains how standards-based education reform is transforming nearly every aspect of public education. With a nod to the philosophy of John Dewey, Tampio concludes with a vision of what democratic education can look like today—and how people can form rhizomatic alliances across different political and ethical backgrounds to fight the Common Core.

Nicholas Tampio watched as his kindergartner’s class shifted from one where teachers, aides, parents, and students worked hard to create a rewarding educational experience to one in which teachers delivered hours-long lectures using packaged lesson plans. Learning versus the Common Core explains how standards-based education reform is transforming nearly every aspect of public education by looking closely at the standards, the agenda of people pushing standards-based reform, and how these fit within a global pattern of education reform. With a nod to the philosophy of John Dewey, Tampio concludes with a vision of what democratic education can look like today—and how people can form rhizomatic alliances across different political and ethical backgrounds to fight the Common Core.

Learning versus the Common Core

Nicholas Tampio is an associate professor of political science at Fordham University. He is author of Kantian Courage, Deleuze’s Political Vision, and Common Core.

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