Stan Karp

Stan Karp(stan@rethinkingschools.org) is a Rethinking Schools editor and taught English and Journalism to high school students in Paterson, New Jersey for 30 years. He is currently Director of the Secondary Reform Project for New Jersey's Education Law Center.

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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 1:26pm
The Problems with the Common Core
The trouble with the Common Core is not primarily what is in these standards or what's been left out, although that's certainly at issue. The bigger problem is the role the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are playing in the larger dynamics of current school reform and education politics.
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Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 8:09am
Charter Schools and the Future of Public Education
Somewhere along the way, nearly every teacher dreams of starting a school. I know I did. More than once during the 30 years I taught English and journalism to high school students in Paterson, New Jersey, I imagined that creating my own school would open the door to everything I wanted as a teacher: Colleagues with a shared vision of teaching and learning.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 8:32am
Challenging Corporate School Reform and 10 Hopeful Signs of Resistance
About a year ago I was invited to Portland to give a talk about who was bashing teachers and public schools in the wake of the release of the pro-charter propaganda film Waiting for Stupidman . Since then, it's been a year from hell for many teachers; at times it seems the people making education policy have completely lost their minds, and the attacks on public schools and those who work in them or rely on them have morphed in ugly and sometimes dangerous ways.
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Monday, March 28, 2011 - 1:57pm
Who’s Bashing Teachers and Public Schools and What Can We Do About It?
The short answer to this question is that far too many people are bashing teachers and public schools, and we need to give them more homework, because very few of them know what they’re talking about. And a few need some serious detention.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 10:51am
School Reform We Can't Believe In
While running for president, Barack Obama called No Child Left Behind “one of the emptiest slogans in the history of American politics.” By the time he gets a new version of the law through Congress, his own campaign theme—“change you can believe in”—may be a contender for the same title.
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