This blog will not only provide information specific to NBEF’s efforts to introduce a “Core Knowledge” Curriculum based, public charter school, but will also bring forth various points of view regarding educational reform issues, such as the implementation of Common Core State Standards and alternative approaches to help close the achievement gap.
With a much improved educational funding outlook, thanks to the passage of Proposition 30 and the proposed new Local Control Funding Formula budget from Governor Brown, we hope that energy can now shift toward enriching and improving our children's education, where all students can reach their highest potential.
Deepest Learning: Reading to
Write & Writing to Learn” is just one example of a school
using the Core Knowledge curriculum to stimulate children’s minds and get them
engaged with their daily school experience.
“Where can you find second graders comparing the Olympics in ancient Greece with our modern games—and using that discussion as an opportunity to review the use of past and present verbs? Or third graders preparing travel guides on the Amazon, Orinoco, Nile, and Yellow rivers? What about essays by fourth graders on the Chinese painter and calligrapher Zhao Mengfu, small groups of fifth graders discussing the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, or sixth graders writing out what they would say if they were reporters during the French Revolution?.......”
“When P.S. 124 adopted Core Knowledge, it went from a rather typical school in which teachers taught in isolation to a collaborative community……”