Today’s challenge is for all you standards-lovin’ folks who think that standards are capable of effecting an improvement in instruction.
Pennsylvania recently adopted the Common Core Standards.
Now take a look at Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Standards.
I defy anyone to:
1. read these standards without throwing up a little in their mouth, and
2. point why 95% of these standards can’t be retained without change when they are harmonized with the Common Core standards.
(And for the love of God, if you think that Universal Preschool is the educational panacea we’ve all been waiting for, please do not look at the recently revised Pre-K standards.)
Added Bonus: Here goes the helpful curriculum alignment guide for educators wishing to keep using their favorite curriculum. Now you can say “Yeah, our curriculum is aligned with the Common core standards.”
Added Extra Bonus: Pennsylvania’s standards are already infecting private schools. Pennsylvania’s accreditation organization, Keystone Stars, requires the use of the Pennsylvania standards for private schools, pre-schools, and day care centers desiring to be accredited.
Note to JPG Blog: Don’t uncork the champagne yet. Charter schools and other free market reforms don’t work all that well in a toxic regulatory environment. In fact, this one of the best ways to discredit such reforms. See the recent financial crisis for ample evidence for this phenomenon.