Your Teacher Said WHAT?

Your Teacher Said WHAT?
Nancy Flanagan on September 5, 2011  Education Week

In the end, not much will have changed. Good schools will still be good schools, terrible schools in poor neighborhoods will still be failing–and “delivering content” via technology will still be promoted as the Next Big Thing, an exciting option to make education for the masses more “personalized” and “efficient” (read: cost-effective). No bang, for really big bucks.

It’s a devilishly clever game plan: Positioning the standards as a “state” initiative led by governors, painting the new standardized assessments as more “authentic” and funding their development “competitively”–and then simply letting “the marketplace” produce aligned curricular resources.

Nothing national about it, no sir! It was practically spontaneous, this sudden, coordinated interest in national common standards, re-created by someone other than teachers, and aligned with new tests and the materials necessary to standardize learning for all children in publicly funded schools. (Sarcasm alert.)