Ep. 2: Rotten to the Core?


Nick and Marc debate the need for Common Core Learning Standards and how “core” has become a four-letter word, in every sense.

“Methods Lab” – Discipline

a) What role does it play in the learning process?

b) A review of both simple and complex strategies to “do discipline right.”


Listeners are welcome to ask a question or share their thoughts: ask@stateofedpodcast.com


Links related to this episode:

Big Mac Test

New Study Linking Education to Income

Opening Ceremonies in Beijing, 2008

Which states have adopted CCLS?

Sir Ken Robinson’s amazing video

The Inaugural Podcast

Nick and Marc launch the podcast. They discuss the “Opt Out” movement that is resulting in tens of thousands of students refusing to take the New York State assessments.

In the “Methods Lab” segment, Nick and Marc share their views on the importance of the Motivational Activity.

Listeners are welcome to ask a question or share their thoughts: ask@stateofedpodcast.com

Links to things discussed in the show:

Diane Ravitch’s blog post on Long Island as the epicenter of the Opt-Out Movement

Newsday piece on opting out

CNN piece on opting out

How Do I Motivate My Students? by Mekiva Callahan