Trevor Nadrozny’s Prezi presentation on Common Core State Standards

The Jefferson PTSA was scheduled to host a Common Core (CCSS) presentation this past week, but it got snowed out. I asked Trevor for the presentation materials, and now I have a link to the online Prezi presentation:


The bulk of the presentation is an RSA-like whiteboard animated drawing from (not exaclty sure how to embed that here in WordPress). The transcript is also included below the flash animation.


Buried in the Prezi (you won’t see it if you just click through) is a blurb from Mary Crego of State Farm (, and another blurb from an unidentified woman, both trying to share the positive aspects of Common Core. Also included are two screen shots of web pages that look like progress charts, ala Khan Academy.


For those that would like to attend the presentation in person, it has been rescheduled for Tuesday February 11th 6-7pm (at Jefferson).


Other links: [broken]


7 Responses to “Trevor Nadrozny’s Prezi presentation on Common Core State Standards”

  1. charlesdschultz Says:

    Anthony Cody has a long-running rant against Common Core on his EdWeek “Living in Dialog” blog:

    My problem with what you have posted, Karen, and with what Mr. Cody writes, is that there is no response to the “so what?” question. If Common Core is this big bad evil thing, what do we champion in its place? What is the alternative that is so much better than Common Core?

    Please note, I am not a big fan of Common Core at all. In my personal interactions with teachers, it is clear to me that teachers have been ill-prepared to transition from “the way we used to do it” to the new way of massive data collection and aligning learning standards. Worse, most parents have no clue what is going on. We have these bite-sized little snippets of “information”, but we only have the talking-points and the super macro snapshot at the moment. We do not realize how Common Core is actually being implemented, we do not understand the implcations or the ramifications.

    It is a big surprise to me, as well, that the CFT, the IFT and the AFT (teacher unions at the local, state and national level) are not taking a strong stance on Common Core. The new methods are forcing our teachers to do a ton of extra non-teaching work, and for right now, it is not even clear that all the collected metrics are being analyzed or aggregated in any sensible way. A whole lot of busy-work. At least, that is what I am hearing.

    As a parent, so far Common Core has made absolutely no difference whatsoever in how I perceive my child’s educational experience. I am not a fan of standardized testing, and right now I don’t really care about how we rank on the global scale. I hear how countries like China are pouring a ton of money into R&D and providing a national adrenaline kick to their technology growth. What are we spending our money on? We don’t even know where our money is going or what it is doing. Again, I am not saying China should be a role-model. We have some big issues we need to wrap our heads around, and we have way too many distractions.

    My proposal for the implementation of Common Core is to put on the brakes. Let’s chew on it, let’s try it out in little bits and pieces, let’s see what happens, but don’t rush headlong at breakneck speed.

  2. charlesdschultz Says:

    Karen, what about your own thoughts on this matter. 🙂 You are providing a lot of links for what others have produced.

    Where, or what, exactly is the political indoctrination? You imply this is a bad thing, but since when has public education ever been free of “political indoctrination”? Now we even have indoctrination by major (large) corporations that lobby for changes in curriculum.

    Personally, I think it is good that students be thinking about the larger picture. Some call it “social justice”, but I am learning more and more that the phrase “social justice” is just about meaningless in today’s world. No doubt, the idea behind social justice is relatively good (in my mind, it is not too far from “love thy neighbor as thyself”), but I have issues with how it gets implemented. Likewise, I think it is ridiculous to use the words like “social justice” in teaching a 6-year old – those loaded words are just going to make the whole thing more confusing.

    Another issue, and this probably aligns more with what you are saying, Karen. How does one measure growth in “social justice”? Things like grammar is lot easier to measure (the rules are strict enough that Microsoft has even coded them into their word processing software). Grammar is important even when learning about math and computer programming (I know).

    But grammar cannot be taken in isolation – what good is it if you are a grammar expert but totally selfish, full of pride, and mean to everyone around you? We have to teach kids how to be people and live in society (I dare not say teach them to be adults – shoot me if I ever say that). Some adults would be well to learn these lessons as well. 🙂

  3. Karen Says:

    I have lots of personal thoughts on these matters. I just am low on time and ability right now to put them succinctly into text in a reasonably understandable way. I will add here and there my own thoughts as I am able (not that anyone cares). I do not suggest grammar in isolation, but, as a foundation. Grammar is liberating, lol. How else does one engage in things like logic/logical argument, critical thinking, etc. without a solid base of standard English (yes, I said standard English–a whole can o’ worms right there) grammar? ‘Call to action’ with manipulative use of ‘feeling’ words–for SIX year olds? The monitoring of attitudes over time? I don’t think you can get through Ed School these days without the ‘correct’ attitude. I want kids/adults to think, critically vs. fall-in-line with what’s spoonfed them. The family unit used to teach values. Too bad it’s being all but destroyed… Gotta run.

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