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  •  OK, then don't use NAEP (0+ / 0-)

    But we have to do something. You can't have the huge discrepancies between states, as I just illustrated above. There has to be a national movement that says, "This is what you must be able to do by the time you graduate high school." And that standard can't be one thing in Texas and another thing in Minnesota.

    •  Why not? (0+ / 0-)

      I say let a thousand flowers bloom.  

      At least this way, we can have a quality education system in Minnesota.  If we go National, we will have a lousy education system everywhere.

      Plus, don't underestimate the importance of every state, every community, every school having to throw themselves into the issue of how to educate their children.

      It is a healthy exercise that ends up strengthening our states, our communities and our democracy.

      The idea that we can just turn over thinking about education to someone else, someone far away, is a very dangerous notion.

      Education? Teaching? NCLB? Read my book _Becoming Mr. Henry_

      by Mi Corazon on Sat Mar 03, 2007 at 08:05:03 AM PST

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      •  I see what you are saying (0+ / 0-)

        but I guess we'll have to disagree. I have two kids in two different states getting two completely different educations. From my standpoint, as a parent, that's not healthy.

        I think we've already turned over thinking about education to outside parties, by the way. Do you as a teacher ever get asked about what you think kids should know? Yeah, neither do I.

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