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Professional Organizations Have No Shame


Instead of taking a principled stand, instead of organizing resistance and rebellion against National Standards, our professional leaders are whining to get a piece of the pie.

by Stephen Krashen

Apparently, the subject matter organizations agree that spending
billions developing national standards and national tests are a good
idea, they are only upset that they have not been invited to join the
party.

Apparently, they agree that our major priority in education is more
precise and uniform measurement, that all children should know where
they are "on every step of their educational trajectory" (Arne Duncan)
in all subjects.

Apparently they agree that this assembly-line rigid approach is in
tune with the way children learn.

Apparently, the leaders of our subject matter organizations have not
spent much time with children, and are unfamiliar with the vast
research literature that says this approach is all wrong.

Stephen Krashen


From Education Week, Published Online, June 15, 2009.

Subject-Matter Groups Want Voice in Standards

Math, Reading Associations Fear They'll Be Overlooked

By Sean Cavanagh


Some of the country�s largest subject-matter groups are worried
they will be ignored in the process of setting national academic
standards that is now under way.

Major professional teaching associations have long wielded broad
influence over curriculum and instruction through their publication of
voluntary national standards spelling out what students need to know.

Now, a coalition of state leaders has begun working on a separate
effort to craft common academic standards, in the hope of bringing
unprecedented cohesion to the reading and math curricula of American
schools.

Top officials from influential math and reading organizations voiced
concerns last week about not having a more defined role in the
�Common Core� project being led by the National Governors
Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. . . .
The rest of the article is available at the url below.

— Stephen Krashen
Education Week online

2009-06-17

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2009/06/15/35subjects_ep.h28.html?tkn=PSLFfgrxhud13KNcbDaqh%2F%2BEl7wLx79txUDV

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