After a few weeks recuperating from a recent hospitalization, it's good to be back blogging about reinventing education.
I recently came across this article about evolving national standards. As an incremental step, it certainly has merit. The proposal is to do this in the renewal of the NCLB, and take into account not only the percentage of students meeting a proficiency benchmark, but also student's yearly academic gains, so that even states with very low standards would be incentivized to take measures to improve the education they offer.
This is an intereting short-term approach, but at its core, it seems to maintain the state-developed set of academic standards. As painful and/or disruptive as it may be in the short-term, we need ONE set of standars and allow all states the autonomy to adminster them. Why can't the American people realize that it is preposterous for 50 states to have 50 standards. Let the National Governor's Association at least try to develop common standards first. It would be a shining example of democracy at work. I'm not suggesting we should all expect success, but lets at least try to be hopeful, as it was a long-awaited positive step for our education system. They just have to move fast, and I'm not sure that's a viable option.