There is a Common Core micro-blogathon happening over at A Blog About School. Chris is aiming for twenty-four posts in twenty-four hours. I’m hoping to join him by publishing a few centrally-imposed standards themed posts today.
I just finished watching the Common Core edition of Ethical Perspectives on the News on KCRG, featuring Chris Liebig as one of three panelists.
Despite all of the various reasons given for the need for a single set of standards to rule us all (some of which might be addressed in other posts today), the reality is that the need for a single set of standards seems to boil down to top-down accountability. We need a single set of centrally-imposed standards so that all schools and all teachers can be held accountable by the state and federal government–or ranked relative to one another–on the basis of a common system of standardized assessments.
And that seems like an insufficient reason to give up local control of our schools, and thereby give up local conversations of just what a “good education” or “good teaching” looks like. Or whether there can be more than one definition of what “good education” or “good teaching” is.