Our Teachers Cannot Be Trusted To Make Decisions About Which Curriculum Is Best for Their Schools.
“Our teachers cannot be trusted to make decisions about which curriculum is best for their schools.” Is that why we need state (or maybe national) standards? I don’t think so. As a recovering politician (I’m at step 10.), I can understand the allure of specific objective standards. “Moving a number” fits nicely into a campaign for re-election. But outside the political context – everything is more complicated. This article http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/edweek/national.htm presents some interesting observations. I don’t know anything about Alfie Kohn but it’s an interesting read.