New Name, Same Old Education Fad

Regarding Wednesday’s article in Education News, “The Pros and Cons of Technology the Classroom” by April Sutphen provides some good information.  However, she does not address many of the negatives, and these omissions are important since they deal with things such as the difference in how the brain performs reading using digital devices rather than books or other print media; how the brain retains what a person writes down; and how well a student masters math facts and procedures using calculators or computers vs. pencil and paper; the newly reported benefits of writing in cursive rather than computer writing. About ten years go Dr. Marc Bauerlein of Emory University’s English Department wrote an excellent book covering theses topics as have several others later on. New information is being uncovered all along and should be considered when decisions on instruction are being made.

In a related article today, The Global Search for Education: Teachers Talk Literacy Skills for a Digital World,” C. M. Rubin’s extensive list of names is impressive.  However, the names I recognized  disturbed  me since they are of people who have been such strong cheerleaders for the disastrous Common Core State Standards Initiative.  I specifically refer to Linda Darling Hammond, Michael Barber, Michael Fullan, Ken Robins, Richard Riley, Ken Robinson, and Dylan Williams.

Years ago, I said that it appears No Child Left Behind (NCLB) had through Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) been replaced with No Vendor Left Behind (NVLB) eventually called the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). Looks like we’re stuck with this forever regardless of the name used.