October 16, 2011
In an article in the The Palm Beach News, science teachers discovered that when they threw out the recommended science inquiry and hands on activities, their students improved their scores on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).
I am not writing this as a protest against these science teachers. They know their students better than you and I, but I want to use this case as a way to talk about the Collateral Damage (as described by Sharon Nichols & David Berliner in their book) caused by high-stakes testing.… Read more
October 13, 2011
I read on the Schools Matter weblog site that the National Council of Teachers of English will consider a resolution to oppose the use of the Common Core State Standards, and national testing. What about science teachers? What about the National Science Teachers Association?
In their resolution, they directly show that the claims that the common core movement and national testing uses included:
- The American educational system is broken.
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October 11, 2011
Why is the United States moving toward a centralized reform of education in a society that is based on democratic principles, and at a time when other countries are moving in the opposite direction? In his book, Catching Up or Leading the Way, Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education, the University of Oregon, compares and contrasts the changes that are taking place in the United States and China.… Read more
October 9, 2011
Education reform in general, and science education specifically is based on a standards-based reform (SBR) model that has its roots in outcome-based education (OBE). The intent of OBE in science education was largely student-centered, in that education was focused on measurable student performances, that are called outcomes. In fact, many of the progressive models that have been discussed on this blog have been incorporated by outcome-based educators.… Read more
October 8, 2011
I got a Tweet from Christopher Emdin, Professor at Columbia University Teachers College linking me to his recent article on the Huffington Post entitled 5 Reasons Why Public School Teachers are Occupying Wall Street. His reasons, which I will list below, resonated with me with regard to the way in which corporate boards, through organizations such as Achieve are taking over public education by creating a single curriculum that will be defined by the Common Core State Standards.… Read more
October 5, 2011
The Carnegie Corporation of New York, which funded the National Research Council’s project A Framework for K-12 Science Education, also provided the financial support for the Fordham Foundation’s review of NRC Framework. Although not a conflict of interest for the Fordham Foundation, it does raise questions about the Carnegie Foundation’s desire to fund an evaluation of its own funded project.… Read more
October 4, 2011
The Next Generation of Science Standards are under development by Achieve, Inc. and will be published next year. Achieve will identify content and science and engineering practices that all students should learn from K – 12, regardless of where they live. The science standards will cover the physical sciences, the life sciences, the earth and space sciences, and engineering, technology and applications of science, but in so doing will create a landscape of factoids to be learned by students, and used to develop assessments to measure student achievement.… Read more