Friday, February 15, 2013

Research vrs. Political Expediency

The Huffington Post has an opinion piece here suggesting that educational changes be driven by research rather than political climate.

Yes, how wonderful it would be if reform efforts were driven by research rather than by some politician's political leanings.

But there is also a problem with research.  Too often studies are over a limited period of time.  I suggest we look at our top students, and see what abilities they have, and try to figure out how they acquired them.

I did this for years with reading.  I found out that my top students--the kids who scored very high on the SAT exam and did very well in all of their classes--were all avid readers.  But--too bad!-- the Common Core Standards are driving the kind of curriculum that is almost guaranteed to discourage avid reading.

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