Good morning, Terrorists.

Undoubtedly, some of my loyal readers oppose Common Core, and I still want them to feel welcome here at The Harlow Report.  Apparently, the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization supposedly dedicated to peace and tolerance, doesn’t feel the same way.

Common Core: Louisiana Senate rejects rollback (Times-Picayune) Related: if you oppose Common Core, you’re a terrorist (Daily Caller)

Blended Learning: teaching that’s tailored (Christian Science Monitor) Related: Texas Governor candidate calls for increased funding in online learning (KETR)

English Language Learning: students in Brazil learning English by video chatting with lonely elderly Americans (AdWeek) as much as this project looks like a great idea, I am waiting for the follow-up that shows how this is mis-represented or somehow isn’t taking place as described.  I hope it’s the real deal.

Competency-based learning: New Hampshire moves quickly to adapt, tech tools having trouble keeping up (Government Technology) Related: teacher in NH shows we aren’t living in little boxes anymore (ComptencyWorks) while I hope that competency-based learning gains steam in the next couple years, the real chance to take it nationwide is starting very soon.  The New Hampshire primary is less than two years away and it will be contested on both Republican and Democratic sides.  Strong candidates will be spending a great deal of time in the Granite State and will be attracting surrogate speakers to stump on their behalf. These are usually other Governors, Senators and Congressional Representatives.  The next 20 months will be competency-based learning’s time to shine.

Early childhood: Gov. Corbett seeks more investment (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Cradle to Career: Strive model credited for boosting achievement in Cincinnati, given a shout-out in Minneapolis (Star-Tribune)

Project-based Learning: New Tech student in Michigan finds her time to shine in the Michigan Legislature (Getting Smart)

BONUS LINK: nope, not closing with a terrorist-related link.From a point in time when factory-based learning models seemed to work, and that sense of sameness across the country prevailed in pop music, a simpler hit from a simpler time, and a video that my 17-month-old son loves to have Grandpa play for him, here’s Dodie Stevens (YouTube)