DOES COMMON CORE KILL CREATIVE CONFIDENCE?: An ongoing discussion on Ms. Diane Ravitch's blog really has the EdSurge cogs a'cranking. Originating in this post by Dr. Nancy Carlsson-Paige, and commented on by Ms. Geralyn Bywarter McLaughlin here and Ms. Karen Nemeth here, the debate centers around the developmental appropriateness of Common Core standards. All sides generally agree that pushing assessment down to young learners may have detrimental effects, though how much Common Core standards will contribute to those effects remains hotly contested. There's a ton of interesting information laced throughout the debate -- most notably reports from the Alliance for Childhood and Mr. Peter Gray's research on early childhood behavior -- and we're genuinely impressed with the moderation skills of Ms. Ravitch and the cordial tone of dissenting but concerned minds.