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12/14 - Decoding Common Core (Encore Presentation)

12/14 - Decoding Common Core (Encore Presentation)

What do Louisiana educators, parents and students think about Common Core?

Louisiana is one of forty-five states that have adopted the State Common Core Standards for Math and Language Arts , the first-ever national academic standards. Supporters of the Common Core standards say they will increase rigor and help every student learn what they need to succeed. Critics say the standards are untested, being poorly implemented and lower expectations for students.

So, what do Louisiana educators, parents and students think about Common Core? Do the new guidelines encourage students to think and be more persuasive, or do they stifle educational innovation by removing local control? Louisiana Public Square explores the controversial academic standards on an encore presentation of “Decoding Common Core” airing Wednesday, December 24th at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.

Our panelists are:
- Maya Bennett, a Teacher Leader on Common Core at Capitol Elementary
- Lee Barrios, retired educator and public education activist
- Ken Bradford, La. Department of Education
- Rep. Brett Geymann, R-Lake Charles
- Ken Miller, ExxonMobil Plant Manager, Baton Rouge

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and LSU Public Policy Research Lab Director, Kirby Goidel, moderate the discussion. Program features interviews with Louisiana Department of Education Superintendent John White; Scott Richard, Louisiana School Board Association; Keisha Williams, Iberville Elementary math teacher using Common Core; Mercedes Schneider, Ph.D. a Language Arts teacher using Common Core; Ken Miller, Manager ExxonMobil Baton Rouge; and Barry Erwin with the Council for a Better Louisiana.

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We agree with Maya. We support Common Core because it’s education for the peasant class. These people need to be able to measure a ditch before the digging begins. This will also facilitate the replacement of employees when illness or other calamity affects the number involved in a project. Having the same level of education keeps these people at that level and does not endanger the upper classes who must stay in charge. Our private schools continue this notion. Common will insure this differential. We will raise our own bar! Let’s keep Common Core, but not in Texas. KW Hallsville, Texas

Posted by Ken Woodburn  on  12/29  at  11:49 AM

I returned to teaching after 25 years in clinical practice. I taught Chemistry in LSUA system. I also taught orientation for “dual enrollment” students from three parishes. There was a marked difference among these students. One of the three orientation classes had students who never captured the use of the learning platform ” Moodle” and therefore did not participate in the on-line mandatory assignments and activities. The attitude of LSUA faculty and staff was ” with all of these smart phones and such, they should be good with electronics like Moodle” I witnessed students resigning themselves to failure because they did not grasp the system and no one at home understood the problem. The idea of a common core is great, but implementation is poor. It is a mighty jump from 66% of Louisiana public school students receiving certificates of attendance (NOT a diploma) to rapidly accommodating a critical thinking curriculum. DOE has failed in addressing the gap created by Louisiana educational system to date.

Posted by Dr.Velva Boles  on  12/29  at  11:56 AM
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     08/18 - The Power of Reading

How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?

Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)

Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates

The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

This episode of Louisiana Public Square is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program, the Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU Press and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South.

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