The author's issues with Common Core Literature and History content for high school are as follows:
- It's not true to what one would expect from a "coThe author's issues with Common Core Literature and History content for high school are as follows:
- It's not true to what one would expect from a "core" curriculum. The standard covers a vast array of material in a shallow manner and does not deeply into the classics (especially because teachers will be teaching to the tests).
- Grave omission of Benjamin Franklin.
- Grave omission of the full text of the constitution.
- The common core makes judgements on past historical events and figures based on current knowledge and understanding.
- The common core does not do justice to the Founding Founders' achievement of crafting the American constitution. The constitution was drawn from thousands of years of human wisdom. The Common Core does not cover the philosophical footsteps the Founding Founders took. Without that, students can not understand the historical significance of the constitution and see it in the prism of its time.
- Many of the material covered can hardly be called literature and doubts that it would pass the test of time.
- Gives a liberal bias to students.
=== This book was quite enlightening for me in many ways. One thing I did not realize until I read this book was how my son's parochial school indeed had adopted the Common Core standard. It is useful for me to know as a non-American parent, raising American children, what a well educated American would find lacking in the standard. It seems that the author's main concern is that the Common Core does not properly pass on the American history and the American psyche to the next generation.
To be honest, though, the California public education through K-5 has so far been unimpressive even without Common Core that I don't see how Common Core by itself could be doing even more damage to the future generation. As for the author's complaint about covering so much material with no depth, this also seems like the result of the time we live in with so much media exposure coloring our children's experience. Things need to be quick, with a bang to keep the students' attention on the material....more
This book explains "me"! I finally found out there are people out there who understand what I have gone through as a child. I didn't realize how muchThis book explains "me"! I finally found out there are people out there who understand what I have gone through as a child. I didn't realize how much my personality/quirks has been defined by the multiple moves our family made back and forth across the pacific ocean. I consider myself a pretty well adjusted ATCK but there are definitely some quirks I've picked up along the way. This was an enjoyable and cathartic book for me as I felt so connected to countless others like me.
Not only has the book explained me, it is shedding a different perspective on my husband's life. My husband is a CCK (Cross Cultural Kid) as a child of immigrant parents and there are some surprising overlaps in our experiences. The book has given us additional vocabulary to share our experiences....more
When the excerpt form this book came out on WSJ, it took the media by the storm and even FB pages of my friends for a few weeks. Now, we all know theWhen the excerpt form this book came out on WSJ, it took the media by the storm and even FB pages of my friends for a few weeks. Now, we all know the phrase "Tiger Mom" so well. How fun it is to stereotype a specific group of moms and then reflect on how we were parented and then maybe even reflect on how we parent.
It took two years to have an opportunity to read this book (I was in line to have it passed down) but once I started, I could not put it down. It was good to read it after the initial uproar and media frenzy. This book reads easily and I connected well with it. I found it to be full of humor and appreciated the author's honest reflection on how she raised her children and how she had to change course as things started to devolve.
I am truly amazed at the amount of energy and stamina the author was able to consistently sustain in her life as she raised her daughters and balance family life with work. I felt exhausted reading through some of the chaotic and busy days she had. Granted that a life of a professor must be more flexible than a job requiring presence between certain hours, it is still amazing what she pulled off.
I also found the husband's lack of input into how they raise their daughters quite amusing. It is something I see often (more so than the other way around) where the father goes along for the ride. Thank goodness for these wonderful partners in life who support and love their partner despite the craziness they are subjected to. (Yup, I'm one of those lucky ones!)...more
This book was interesting but not quite as good as the author's previous book "The Trouble with Boys". While her observations and science based assertThis book was interesting but not quite as good as the author's previous book "The Trouble with Boys". While her observations and science based assertions are somewhat interesting and maybe even helpful in looking at schools, the book is not without problems.
An example of a problem was in a chapter describing mathematical achievements. She shows the readers that other countries fair much better. Among them are a few Asian nations (China, Japan). She tries to come up with a scientific explanation behind this but then somehow concludes that Asian parents have the notion that mathematical ability is something to work on and not a gift that you just have. If this is the case, she should have compared children in America with different type of parenting styles and compare results. She could have tried harder to come up with differences instead for a more satisfying conclusion....more
The book shows you how boys in the society are trailing behind girls. Badly. Especially since the girls got a lot of attention to catch up to boys andThe book shows you how boys in the society are trailing behind girls. Badly. Especially since the girls got a lot of attention to catch up to boys and achieve their dreams. Boys are falling behind because they are measured on what girls are good at such as being neat and organized.
This book made me realize that I need to temper my expectations for my 4th grade boy and recognize his natural tendencies and respect that. I would be disappointed when my son picked up yet another copy of Captain Underpants. Now, I know to step back. ...more
I'm not a dog person. I'm not a fan of F1 car racing. So, how is it that I love this story told by a dying philosophical dog's story of his life withI'm not a dog person. I'm not a fan of F1 car racing. So, how is it that I love this story told by a dying philosophical dog's story of his life with his aspiring F1-racer-master's life. I laughed, got mad and, most of all, cried. A nice easy read but don't take it on an airplane!...more
I knew that women in the world had it bad but I didn't realize how difficult and awful it is to be a woman in most of the world. The level of physicalI knew that women in the world had it bad but I didn't realize how difficult and awful it is to be a woman in most of the world. The level of physical harm and emotional abuse that they have to endure is incredible. The beginning of the book was hard to read because of the vivid descriptions of what women endure, but the latter half of the book was strangely uplifting. Kristof introduces the readers to a number of women who, against all odds, persevered and have changed the environment around them....more
Greenspan was the Chairman at the Federal Reserve for most of my adult life. I've seen the tech bubble and the housing bubble happen and just thoughtGreenspan was the Chairman at the Federal Reserve for most of my adult life. I've seen the tech bubble and the housing bubble happen and just thought it is just the way it is. I've learned from the book that it didn't have to be that way. In fact, Greenspan had the responsibility and power to provide stability to the American economy which he chose not to exercise. He is to be blamed for the incredible spending spree that America went on. According to Bill Fleckenstein, Bernanke is no different from Greenspan. I need to rethink our family's investment strategy....more
This book has been an eye opener and a good place to start in thinking about the direction I would like to take for my children's education.
This bookThis book has been an eye opener and a good place to start in thinking about the direction I would like to take for my children's education.
This book has introduced me to the pervasive "ideas based" education behind the current public school education. He makes the case that this type of education does not foster critical thinking as expected or improve reading comprehension. He advocates for content based education such as the Core Knowledge curriculum by E.D. Hirsch. His arguments are persuasive and has led me to investigate further.
Also, one of the four truths he lays out is that America's future depends on how the academically gifted are educated. He says the gifted need to be wise. They need to have rigor in verbal expression, rigor in thinking about virtue and rigor in the good and forming judgements. He also says that a true sense of humility is needed.
I can not help but wonder, had the Wall Street elites been properly educated in the areas the author describes, would we be here now with the economic crisis on hand?...more