What should our schools' primary purpose be? Should it be to create a more efficient and docile workforce? Should it be to promote democratic citizenship with the ability to think critically, collaborate, and work as a team? Something else? All of the above?
Who is involved in creating the standards? Who should be?
See government site: Common Core State Standards Initiative
Check this article out in Education Week: "Expert Panels Named in Common Standards Push"
Other involved organizations: Achieve, Inc., ACT, College Board, NGA, CCSSO
Note that national educator associations such as NCTM, NCTE and ISTE don't seem to be included.
It is time to be vigilant and vocal.
“It is the supreme art of the
teacher to awaken joy in creative
expressions and knowledge.”
“Teaching should be such that what
is offered is perceived as a valuable
gift and not as a hard duty.”
~ Albert Einstein