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A Standardisto's View of Teaching and Learning in New York City

Ohanian Comment: Here's the conclusion to James Traub's know-it-all, condescending Standardisto piece on teaching and teachers in New York City. Among other things, Mr. Traub laments the fact that New York City has not chosen Open Court. For the rest of his opinions, go to the url below.

Every new chancellor in recent years has come into office with a message of salvation for the schools. Once it was ''school-based management,'' then it was ''curriculum
frameworks,'' and then data-driven instruction. None of it really mattered in the end, because chancellors couldn't impose their will on the system. Now, at long last, they can. Mayor Bloomberg and Mr. Klein have the power to
reshape New York City schools.

But they have imposed a curriculum that scants content knowledge for personal experience and direct instruction for self-directed learning. With almost half of the city's fourth graders and two-thirds of its eighth graders reading
below grade level, is this the direction they should go?

James Traub, a contributing writer for The Times Magazine, is author of Better by Design: A Consumer's Guide to
Schoolwide Reform.

— James Traub
New York Times
New York's New Approach





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