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Podcast: What Common Standards Mean for Teachers and Their Youngest Students

Published:  March 15, 2013
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More Education Watch podcasts are available in New America's podcast archive.

Last week, Early Ed Watch described two surveys that shed light on what teachers are thinking about the Common Core State Standards, which will soon affect what and how teachers teach in K-12 classrooms throughout country. This week's education podcast -- available through iTunes and the In the Tank blog -- discusses those survey results with Lindsey Tepe, our program associate at the Education Policy Program and a former elementary school teacher. Tepe dug into the results and found several surprises. Listen in to learn more.

The Common Core standards were also in the news this week via The Washington Post, which ran an op-ed by Deborah Kenney, founder of the Harlem Village Academies in New York City and author of a new book, Born to Rise. The Washington Post editors titled her op-ed, "The Right Curriculum for Kindergarten: Play." And yes, the piece did describe playful learning as integral to good kindergarten classrooms. But the gist of the article went further, explaining how -- contrary to many critics -- kindergarten teachers could appropriately use the Common Core Standards with young children. In this podcast, Lindsey and I touch on the themes of that article, drawing out how teachers can apply the high standards of the Common Core and still create engaging, playful kindergarten classrooms if they are given time, training and support from school leadership.

The podcast also notes this weeks' higher-education news from a hearing called by the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Jason Delisle, director of New America's Federal Education Budget Project, testified on why Congress should set a market-based interest rate for Stafford Loans.  For more details on Delisle's testimony -- including the expressions of disbelief from members of Congress over the impact of another financial aid program, the Income-Based Repayment program -- see our coverage here.

This is the latest installment of Education Watch podcast, a bi-weekly dose of analysis and commentary on the latest news in the world of public education in the United States. More podcasts are available in New America's podcast archive.

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