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Is It the Standards Fault that They Worry Me?

“..but this is what I teach my college students…”  My mother, who is an English professor, is looking at the new 5th grade common core standards.  I shake my head, sigh, and realize that I now have another mountain to climb when it comes to making school relevant, engaging, and exciting for students.   I … Continue reading

Wanted: Common Core Stories

After the big splash of Common Core Standards coming on the education scene there’s been a notable silence since they have begun to roll out. I’m looking for stories of how these new standards are playing out in schools for better, the same, or worse.  I began asking as we pulled new calendars out of … Continue reading

Compulsory Standards for a Participatory Framework?

When developing Common Content or Core Standards the first step is understanding that, more often than not, they get in the way of promoting democratic school structures. There is nothing more “undemocratic” than mandating specific knowledge for every individual to know and eliminating all possible choice when it comes to scope and sequence. There is … Continue reading

A Democracy of Learners

Our schools have adopted a capitalistic view of teachers as parts and students as products. At the policy level, very little #edreform discourse really suggests that we change that.  Of course, when we talk abut #edreform, by and large, we’re talking about doing things to schools, students, and teachers.  We’re not talking about changing the … Continue reading

Standardizing Democracy-Part 1

The Dark Side Let me be frank. I don’t get excited about standards. I have colleagues that I esteem who think they are vital to a strong educational system and I respect their opinion. And to an extent I get it. Here’s my problem with them. They’re boring, they’re not radically different from anything else … Continue reading

Standardizing Democracy-Part 2

The Light Side Now that I have purged most of my skepticism, please allow me the opportunity to express how common core standards may facilitate a move towards a more democratic education system. First of all, as others have mentioned, having national standards will remove roadblocks in interstate collaboration and information sharing. This will assist … Continue reading

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