Archive | June, 2013

The Standard Debate: The Past Gets in Our Eyes

The Common Core State Standards for Reading and Mathematics appear to be simultaneously unstoppable trains and under siege, making strange bedfellows of both supporters and opponents.  Two issues cloud the debate about their validity, value and efficacy: (1) The idea of standards has been conflated with standardization; (2) Standards have become inextricably linked to high-stakes […]

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Which Road Will We Choose?

Several years ago, in an article for Kappan Magazine, Two Roads Diverge for American Education, I wrote, “We are at a fork in the road in American education. At this moment, we have to choose which road to travel — and that choice will make all the difference.” My view of the two roads remains constant: […]

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