Joanne Yatvin, "How to Improve Common Core: A Critic's View", Sept 2013.
Former president of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), resigned to the inevitability of the CC, suggests a few reforms to improve them.
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/09/25/05yatvin.h33.html?tkn=OQNFgtDoWmfV5xW2Nf4i0Ob9Jyc3M7K9pS24&cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS2


Anthony Cody, "The Door We Open When We Defeat the Common Core," Education Week, Nov. 2013.
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2013/11/the_door_we_open_when_we_defea.html


Peter Greene, "Can CCSS Be Cleansed?" Curmudgucation blog, Nov. 2013.
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2013/11/can-ccss-be-cleansed.html?showComment=1384813539066#c7140812240363527655

In Apr. 2014, Peter Greene followed up this article with a three-part series in which he imagines what might replace Common Core:
Part I: "What Would Winning Look Like?"
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2014/04/what-would-winning-look-like.html
Part II: "What if There Were 50 Standards?"
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2014/04/what-if-there-were-50-standards.html
Part III: "What about Palloohkaville?"
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2014/04/what-about-palloohkaville.html


Marion Brady, "We Need the Right Kind of Standards, Not CCSS," Diane Ravitch's blog, Jul. 2014.
http://dianeravitch.net/2014/07/24/marion-brady-we-need-the-right-kind-of-standards-not-ccss/


Jake Miller, "Flights of Fancy," Harvard Medicine, 2014.
Subtitle: "Free play shapes a child's brain—and bestows a lifetime of benefits"
http://hms.harvard.edu/news/harvard-medicine/harvard-medicine/play/flights-fancy


Learning from Finland



David Greene, author of Doing the Right Thing," speaks on the differences in approach toward education in the USA compared to Finland, Nov. 2014.


Teacher Ken, "A Different Approach to Education," Daily Kos, Mar. 2014.
Includes a link to a Powerpoint file created by Pasi Sahlberg showing the differences between US and Finnish education systems.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/30/1288384/-A-different-approach-to-education
Direct link to Sahlberg's Powerpoint pdf file: http://pasisahlberg.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Denver-Talk-2014.pdf


Sophia Faridi, "Happy Teaching, Happy Learning: 13 Secrets to Finland's Success," Education Week, Jun. 2014.
http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2014/06/24/ctq_faridi_finland.html


Tim Walker, "How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play," The Atlantic, Jun. 2014.
http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/06/how-finland-keeps-kids-focused/373544/


Caitlin Emma, "Finns beat U.S. with low-tech take on school," Politico, May 2014.
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/05/finland-school-system-107137.html