Well, one of my favorite Southern sayings may be even truer as it relates to those implementing Common Core State Standards: "A bureaucrat can screw up a two-car funeral procession!"A "central planner" can solve any problem, right? Those union types sure do like to think that way.
Who would have thought the "powers that be" could make such a mess of what started out as a powerful and game-changing idea...
The problem is not the standards; it is the implementation and the bureaucratic desire to standardize everything about the education process from lesson plans to testing. This must stop. Policy needs to change. Administrators must adjust practices. Teachers must be respected. The accountability system has to be overhauled or Common Core State Standards are doomed for failure.
To deal with the chaos, we desperately need a single authority to oversee the implementation, call out bad practices, and recommend policy changes to the politicians. We need a Common Core Czar.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
If Standardization Is The Problem, How Can A Czar Be The Solution?
Joanne asks this question in response to former NEA President John Wilson's contradictory article: