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A Seat at the Table: Capitulation to the National Standards Movement?

The time to fight National Standards is NOW. For starters, we need to hold our professional organizations accountable. Go forth and do likewise.

by Stephen Krashen and Susan Ohanian

Sent to The Council Chronicle (NCTE) and Reading Today (IRA)

To the Editor:

According to an article that appeared in Education Week on June 15,
NCTE and IRA both want a "seat at the table" to create national
standards along the lines proposed by Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

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

Apparently, both NCTE and IRA 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, some of the leaders of the two major literacy
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 & Susan Ohanian
Council Chronicle & Reading Today




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