Education wonk alert! A draft document of common core state standards, the latest effort to create more consistency in curriculum between the 50 states, is circulating in cyberspace.
The Core Knowledge camp — those who promote the teaching of shared, specific content and “a sequential building of knowledge” — were quick to weigh in on the document today, in a blog devoted to the issue. They’re not fans, as you might gather from the headline: ”Voluntary National Standards Dead on Arrival.” They say the guidlines include little content and that they would be fairly useless to teachers and parents.
Here’s a quote from E.D. Hirsch, Jr., the Core Knowlege founder, which is posted on the blog:
At first glance, these language standards are, despite the brave descriptors, very similar to the dysfunctional state standards already in place. Like most state standards, they naively take a formalistic approach to language ability. They assume that the ability to understand literary and informational language is chiefly a how–to skill, whereas it is chiefly a topic-dependent skill that varies with specific topic familiarity. … One begins to despair.
You can find a copy of the draft here. Do you have an equally dismal view of the draft? Do you think it’s time for national standards?
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