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The case against rigid standards

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Standards are good – they’re a framework for building a solid education.

Problem is, though, they’re only a framework, just as the human skeleton is the framework for the body. And just like the human body, the human mind needs more than a framework.

The problem becomes worse when you combine curricula and standards without enough flesh with an “accountability” system that puts a premium on learning certain facts on a set schedule while discounting everything that should make learning a joy.

“Even if public schools adopted the Core Knowledge curriculum, and succeeded in filling educational gaps, I’d still be concerned that the concurrent emphasis on accountability would detract from what I think should be the goal of engaging enthusiastic life-long learners,” blogger Sandra Foyt wrote.

Read the full post at On Living by Learning.

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