There are many nations (like Finland) who have national standards but local flexibility. This technologist writes an article supporting Common Core while saying that many don't understand what they contain. Honestly, I see another person who hasn't read some of them.
My biggest issue is - who controls the standards and how can they be revised in the future.In a country showing a poor ability to keep politicians from writing standards, by centralizing they become easy target to the whims and sways of the pendulum of politics in the US. That said, I think national standards are likely inevitable.I just hope they put enough different people onto Common Core that group think doesn't send us in a very bad direction. If we have national standards and make it there, they become very important to our future as a country.
Yes, you can align your global collaborative projects to standards. The difference between this and a worksheet is that flattening the classroom is a fantastic way to engage, excite, and intrigue students while giving you a teacher-partner in another part of the world and a second set of eyes and inspiration for both of you. Flattening is a fantastic way to teach.
Eric Brunsell interviews one of the writers of the new Next Generation science standards. The biggest concern of using the term standard is not getting confused. It may be a standard to teach about a scientific THEORY but THEORIES aren't proven just because they are listed as standards. I have a distinct feeling that this one issue may make science standards some of the longest to implement in the US if at all largely because when it comes to many views - on the creation of the universe, for example - only "non-religious" theories are included in most standards. This is a tough one, however, as a Christian who has read Nietzche and Darwin, I think it is important to be well educated. This means you should be given the full range of THEORIES. As long as science tries to legislate spiritual beliefs we have issues. I want my own children to understand all of the the theories. Unfortunately, there are people on all sides of the origin and evolution theories who want to control the future of this planet by only having one theory presented. This is going to be the issue behind all debates behind all standards relating to science. If there are multiple theories with this many supporters, common sense would say that each of them deserve inclusion. But then again, as long as it is a theory, it is, by definition, not proven - lest it would be called a fact. Just think on this and then read this discussion about where science standards are headed.
A resolution being submitted to the National Council of Teachers of English blaming current US problems on poverty not the education system. (On a note from me: The country is crying out for change in education. Change can be done to you or by you. To defiantly state there are no problems is to deny the truth. Every system has issues. No school is perfect. But right now, the national opinion is that there are problems. I'd be offering solutions you can live with or live with the solutions handed down to you by a clueless bureaucrat who only was in a classroom when he/she was a child. The one thing that is an advantage is that when industries standardize, we often see innovation. How much time is wasted in aligning with 50 different state standards?)) Hat tip to Della Palacios (@DellaCCS on Twitter.) Certainly poverty is a problem but this is also a chicken egg sort of thing. To get out of poverty you need a good education but if you can't give a good education because of poverty then is the solution hopeless. Just asking.
This very well written piece from Cathy Davidson has me cheering. It is written in response to the recent NY time article "Grading the Digital school." Cathy is the one who belongs in the New York Times in my opinion. Right on. Please read even if you don't agree, it will get you seeing how many educators think.
Article about Georgia Dept of Ed rollout of common core standards and their self admitted botched rollout of state standards several years back. The worst issue from my discussions with Georgia Public school teachers was the attempt at Math I, II, III, an attempt to combine Algebra, Geometry, Trig and Statistics. Not only did the teachers complain but so did parents. I know of several math teachers who quit over this. This is what happens in experiments like this. Standards sound great but who writes them? What happens when they are cumbersome? Look at technology standards which many (including me) think are way too heavily influenced by industry.
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