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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482017741
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482017748
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kris L. Nielsen has worked in education for over ten years, including six years as a middle grades teacher and instructional leader 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. Kris is an activist against corporate education reform and has had his writing featured in several online magazines and blogs, including those of the Washington Post and Diane Ravitch. He currently blogs at www.atthechalkface.com. Kris lives in New York State with his two daughters, young son, and beautiful wife.

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Kris L. Nielsen has worked in education for about a decade and is a national education reform expert. He holds an M.A. in education, with emphasis on child development and motivational learning. Kris is an activist against corporate education reform and has written two books to inform parents and citizens about the very real dangers that are coming from it. He has also helped lead parent and student opt out movements in New York, Colorado, and New Mexico. Kris blogs at www.atthechalkface.com.

Customer Reviews

Easy to read and very informative.
Dr. Darwin Larson
As a parent, I am thankful for people like him who have taken the time to make this all understandable.
Terryg
Many of the author's concerns have nothing to do with the Common Core.
Jay Malmstrom

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 14, 2013
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Discusses frustration by teachers and students due to Federal Government involvement, and preferred teaching methods in a fairly informative manner. Few examples are given concerning the curriculum standards of Common Core. Other than the testing requirements, very little information is given as to why the standards are so bad.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By robinrich on March 12, 2013
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This book is a rip-roaring ride through the Common Core State Standards--what they are, where they came from, and the negative impact they are having on our schools and on our children. Nielsen gives an insider's view of the downward trajectory of the U.S. classroom since the beginning of the recent push to standardize education. The book is an emotional plea to parents to take back their children's education. Tips are offered for how to opt out of tests and join forces with the anti-standardization movement.
I especially appreciated the chapter on suggestions for what a classroom SHOULD look like. Nielsen speaks highly of Montessori schools and the healthy way these schools allow children to grow into unique, un-standardized individuals.
I recommend this book for parents who find themselves with that sinking feeling in the pit of their stomachs that something just isn't right at school these days. It doesn't have to be this way, does it? Nielsen's anwer would be a resounding, NO!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jay Malmstrom on October 24, 2013
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Many of the author's concerns have nothing to do with the Common Core. Teacher burn out? The Common Core has been in use for at most two years. Teacher burn out has been an issue for longer than that. Declining budgets? Again - that is a matter of local governance and pre-dates Common Core. Federal intrusion? Common Core (at least in Mathematics) is a creature of the professionals in the field, not government functionaries. This seems like yet another effort to find a single source for all the frustrations felt by the author, not a reasoned critique of a set of standards.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Ewing on November 20, 2013
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Not only is there little information about the Common Core, but it becomes clear as one reads further into the book that the author does not KNOW much about the Common Core. The writing is repetitive; the whining incessant. Too bad. There are many powerful arguments against "corporate reform", which has been a plague on public education in this country. But this book just gives ammunition to the reformers, who dismiss thoughtful educators as ignorant.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Devine on November 6, 2013
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Very disappointed since I wanted to some research based evidence about the Common Core. This is a lot of personal opinion with scenarios and stories that may (or may not) have happened. Very light read...when this topic should be just the opposite, I am annoyed that I bought his second book without finishing his first...I have a feeling it is more of the same.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By gary weilbacher on May 3, 2013
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Nielsen does an excellent job of clearly demonstrating how conservative, profit-minded coalitions are taking over curricular and assessment elements of public education. The final chapter is valuable in showing that there is resistance to this movement and provides readers with ways to get involved in this resistance. Children of the Core is accessible to wide audience, making it suitable for both academics and for parents who have concerns about the amount of testing that has infiltrated their children's schools. This book is helpful for anyone who wants to understand how the coalition of corporations and politicians are moving to privatizing education.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By deb on March 24, 2013
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Eye opening. Fair in its presentation. Evidenced based. Must read. Great job of putting all the facts out there.

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Thanks, Kris, for this insider's view on Common Core. This book, directed primarily towards parents, provides an excellent overview of the history of Common Core State Standards and their implications for students and teachers. What is most beneficial are the resources provided in the last chapter that provide parents with the ways and means for making their voices heard, websites for keeping informed on Common Core implementation in states, and opting their children out of these data-mining federal tests. Nielsen exposes corporate-sponsored "student" advocating websites for what they are - propaganda for profiteers. This book is a quick and timely read for all parents with students in both public and private schools who choose to use the Common Core State Standards.
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