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  •  It provides room for that, too (2+ / 0-)
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    ballerina X, reenactor

    Such as:

    English: Engage in group reading w/purpose & understanding   
    Music: Sing and play with others

    English: Initiate and participate effectively in collaborative work
    Music: Student-led chamber ensemble(s)

    I think the hazards are in the implementation of the concepts. Inevitably many school leaders will glom onto the most rigid approaches that are most easily quantified.

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Tue May 06, 2014 at 09:08:26 AM PDT

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    •  The hazards are ALWAYS in the implementation. (4+ / 0-)

      Any standard can be abused or poorly applied.

      The problem is that, instead of focusing on those who construct poor implementations, it's easier for most folks to scream about the standard(s).

      There's also a certain amount of inertia among educators; many of them reuse the same lesson plans (and, in some cases, the same exams) for decades, and some are loath to change them.  Again, it's easier to yell about an "experienced teacher suffering under the new standard" then it is to say "teacher doesn't even want to try the new standard," but the problem of "we've always done it THIS way" every bit as common among educators as it is among those of any other profession.

      The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

      by wesmorgan1 on Tue May 06, 2014 at 10:50:45 AM PDT

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      •  No, if a standard allows that kind of piss (0+ / 0-)

        poor implementation to meet the standard then it is the standard's fault.  A well written standard should disallow such bad implementations.  In fact, if certain other standards were as poorly written as these ones are you probably wouldn't have been able to even access this site let alone post anything to it.  Though at one time they were almost as bad, remember having to jump through all sorts of hoops to have Internet Explorer 4, 5, and 6 installed on the same system (fortunately having Netscape 3 and Netscape 4 installed together was quite easy compared to having to find patched versions of MSIE 4 and 5)?

        You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

        by Throw The Bums Out on Tue May 06, 2014 at 11:44:46 AM PDT

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        •  Heh...I've done an IETF working group. (0+ / 0-)

          You don't think there are bad, yet well-within-the-standard, implementations of various protocols in the networking world?

          Back to the matter at hand...

          Keep in mind that, at this point, we've moved from the curriculum standards to question of teacher evaluation - and there's NO WAY to dictate a single standard for teacher evaluation. The range of schools/students/sizes are far too broad for such a thing.

          The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

          by wesmorgan1 on Tue May 06, 2014 at 11:58:12 AM PDT

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        •  A "fool" proof standard (0+ / 0-)

          The more a standard for anything approaches being "fool" proof (as in susceptible to foolish implementation) the tighter and more restricted it is, forcing implementation into narrow, rigid limits. I think that is taking something like this in the wrong direction, stifling creativity.

          “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

          by Catte Nappe on Tue May 06, 2014 at 12:23:05 PM PDT

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