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  •  Not Sure "Standardization" was the goal of DOE (1+ / 0-)
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    In fact, the Education Act of 1965 explicitly prohibits establishment of a national curriculum. I've got profoundly mixed feelings about this (depending, somewhat hypocritically, on who's occupying the White House), and I do realize the guy I'm quoting was General Counsel to Dept. of Educ. in the 2nd term of Bush II. Nevertheless, I believe this is the correct interpretation of the law:

    Kent Talbert, former General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education; Education Law Review, 2012:

    "Those responsible for elementary and secondary education know that federal law prohibits the U.S. Department of Education from establishing a national curriculum, instruction, and the like.  Or at least they should know.  With only minor exceptions, the General Education Provisions Act, the Department of Education Organization Act, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), ban the federal government from directing, supervising or controlling elementary and secondary school curricula, programs of instruction, and instructional materials."
    I realize that the federal government has relentlessly looked for ways to end run these prohibitions, on both sides of the ideological spectrum. But the fact is, this is the current state of the law.

    Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. --Margaret Mead

    by The Knute on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 10:24:13 AM PST

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