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  •  So what is objectionable about the standards (1+ / 0-)
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    IamGumby

    other than you don't like the group that wrote them?

    I just read the 8th grade math standard.  It looks pretty good to me.

    "Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation..."--David St. Hubbins

    by Old Left Good Left on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 09:10:56 PM PDT

    •  This (1+ / 0-)
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      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

      In past Huffington Posts, I have been very critical of the national Common Core standards developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers with money from the Pearson and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations for a number of reasons. I believe they are partly a ploy by major publishers and media companies to sell new material to schools that is actually the same old stuff marketed with different labels. I think their stress on skill acquisition in reading and math at the expense of content understanding in other subject areas has the potential to eviscerate instruction in history, social studies, science, health, literature, the arts, and language. And I think pairing the Common Core standards with high-stakes tests for students and new forms of teacher evaluation has the potential to undermine effective instruction and learning. However, unlike some conservative columnists, I do not believe its is a secret federal (Obama) plan to nationalize education in the United States.

      If I had one wish, Republican men would have uteruses.

      by Desert Rose on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 06:31:38 AM PDT

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      •  So the problem is (0+ / 0-)

        at least with respect to the math standards,
        that they are rigorous (they "stress skill acquisition")?

        Or a slippery slope argument with no basis in reality (how exactly does high quality math instruction cause science instruction to be "eviscerated'--maybe what we need is similarly rigorous science standards).

        "Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation..."--David St. Hubbins

        by Old Left Good Left on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 07:15:25 AM PDT

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        •  I'm not against rigor, (0+ / 0-)

          I'm not against standards, I'm against non-educators deciding what students should learn, devising the test to measure the learning, using the test in ways it was not meant for, and excluding educators from the process. I'm done with this debate.

          If I had one wish, Republican men would have uteruses.

          by Desert Rose on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 06:20:42 PM PDT

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    •  And this: (0+ / 0-)

      http://dianeravitch.net/...

      What we have is a nationalized stucture for education in two subjects, with federal funds flowing to the 46 states where legislators “adopted” the standards (close reading not required). The structure is still being marketed as if it can function as a complete curriculum for studies in the arts, sciences, and humanities, not only in grades K-5, but by making every teacher in every subject devote time to close readings of texts and writing about the content in the texts. And the texts must be selected to fit a formula for “complexity,” other criteria are secondary.

      The standards also forward a truncated view of education as preparation for college or work. Schools should foster in students a more ample view of what life offers and requires beyond book-learning, test-taking, reading for information more than pleasure or empahy or to satisfy curiosity, regurgitating and reframing information in strictly conventional machine-scorable writing.

      If I had one wish, Republican men would have uteruses.

      by Desert Rose on Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 06:46:34 AM PDT

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