I don't want to give all of you the impression that I'm critical of everything our education system tries to do organically is flawed.....
So in that vein, let me refer to an article in todays Education Week online that announces that 46 of the 50 states have committed to a common standards framework for math and English language arts. Now while I would very much like to see the specific standards, it would appear that the process is not too dissimilar than what I proposed in my 4-part education reinvention plan. Now Texas is one of the holdouts, and I can undersand why they haven't signed on. I think that the Federal government should find a mechanism to reimburse them for whatever funds they say they've committed towards their own enhanced standards. Now if Texas had a chance to sign onto to this plan before they committed funds, then unfortunately they're not entitled to a dime of federal dollars. However, if the reverse occurred, then they have a very valid argument as they should not be held holding the bag on what they say is a $3 billion sunk cost.
I commend the Council of Chief State School Officers as well as the National Governor's Association for their efforts. However, let me restate my original premise: shouldn't this great step have occurred before we signed a $115 Billion Education Stimulus Bill? And hopefully, this group realizes that the work isn't finished, as there are other "21st century skill areas" that need common standards.
But we're off to a promising start.