Century Labeling

I appreciate Superintendent Carver’s cheerful enthusiasm, as well as his cheerful morning Twitter greetings, so this post isn’t meant to single him out. This just happens to have caught my eye–and my ire too, I suppose–yesterday morning:

It seems century labels are only used as shorthand to denote that some things are woefully outmoded (19th and 20th century) and other things are of obvious modern goodness (21st century).

I can’t get all that worked up about whether kids get tested on 13th century arithmetic on 21st century tablets (using 19th century QWERTY keyboards and 19th century standardized spelling) or using pencil and paper answer sheets (which will be scored using 21st century computers) except for the fact that those 21st century computer-based tests aren’t all that much different than the familiar multiple-choice bubble tests, just much more expensive.

For my children, I’ll gladly stick with the 20th century testing on the right to leave time and money for, say, 16th century instructional programs like these:

And I’ll happily support local control that allows Superintendent Carver’s district to make a different choice.