RealClearEd Today 06/26/2014: Ruing Politics' Toll on Common Core, Reform

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Good morning, it’s Thursday June 26. This morning at RealClearEducation we have news, commentary, analysis, and reports from the top of the education world. Arizona's public schools chief John Huppenthal broke down in tears during a press conference Wednesday while apologizing for posting a comment online under an alias denigrating welfare recipients. He's also been attacked for similar anonymous Web postings that some called racist.

North Carolina may be following in the footsteps of Indiana, Oklahoma and South Carolina, as the N.C. House moved forward Tuesday to withdraw from the Common Core, despite disagreements between the state's two houses on how to replace the standards. Meanwhile in D.C., panelists gathered Wednesday to discuss recommendations for Common Core implementation and longevity -- RealClearPolitics' Christina Breitbeil has the report. And in this week's column for RealClearEducation, Dan Willingham takes on the latest report that recommends reading aloud to children at birth. He suggests that the new guideline is perhaps premature, and offers suggestions to improve the process.

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That rumbling growl and metal-on-metal sound punctuated by screams that is unmistakably a wooden roller coaster was heard for the first time from the Cyclone on New York’s Coney Island on this date in 1927. The iconic coaster has seen good times and bad, but its bone-rattling ride remains consistent.

The Cyclone is a small compact coaster but packs a lot of punch into its layout. Its 85-foot drop allows it to achieve speeds of 60 miles per hour through its 12 drops -- not as fast as some modern coasters but plenty in its small antiquated cars. The ride is a little less than 2 minutes but along the way, riders catch almost 4 Gs -- four times the force of gravity. Plus you’re riding on Coney Island with a hot dog waiting for you afterwards (or before for the strong of stomach). The Cyclone features 16 changes of direction and 27 elevation changes.

New coasters can do all sorts of things from inverting riders to allowing you to ride with your legs hanging free. Yet the Cyclone, which has been imitated throughout the world, remains a good summer reminder that newer and fancier is not always better. What the Cyclone lacks in bells and whistles it more than makes up for in character.

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