Grassroots Movement in New York City May Relate to Current Testing Scandal in Atlanta

The Grassroots Education Movement, a group of citizens in New York City, are organizing a campaign against the high stakes use of standardized testing in their schools. Their first meeting will be on July 18th at the CUNY Graduate Center. According the organizers of the Grassroots Education Movement, many citizens feel that their school have […]

Why Were Test Answer Sheets Altered? The Atlanta Case, Report #2

I’ve read the complete report on the Atlanta Public Schools (APS) CRCT testing scandal. It’s hard to believe that there was such widespread activity in which student answers on the state’s CRCT bubble sheets were changed. Why? That is the central question of this post. I’ll say upfront, that I don’t know, and the report […]

Why Do We Teach Science? The Skills Argument

In the last two posts, the economic and democratic arguments have been discussed, respectively.  We now turn to a third argument, the “skills argument.” According to R. Stephen Turner, the “skills argument” is second to the economic argument as the reason we teach science. According to Turner, the skills argument provides the rationale that the study […]

Why do we teach science?–the economic argument

In yesterday’s blog post, I raised the question: Why do we teach science anyway?  Do we teach science to help students become curious and to wonder about the world around them?  Do we teach science because various committees and professional societies think that studying science has something special to teach students about the world, and […]

Why do we teach science?

There is a new generation of science standards on the way. The Conceptual Framework for New Science Standards has been developed by a committee selected by the National Research Council, with funding from the Carnegie Foundation. The Framework will guide the development of new standards, which will be written by Achieve, a non-profit organization established […]

Voluntary, nationwide education standards in science. Voluntary?

“Standards as a flag to lead us forth contrasts for me with standards as a way of standardizing our minds” Deborah Meier Voluntary, nationwide education standards in science! Voluntary? I don’t think so. But that is the language being used to describe the National Research Council’s effort, with financial support from the Carnegie Foundation, to […]

Science at the White House: An Oxymoron?

Science at the White House.  This is not a contradiction in terms.  This is not an oxymoron.  For the first time, the President of the United States brought to the White House award winning science projects, much like bringing the championship football or baseball team to take pictures with the President.  Yet, this event was […]

If Science Courses Were Optional, Would Students Enroll?

Yesterday I wrote about the drive to “standardize” curriculum in the U.S. through the implementation of Common Core Standards.  Already, we have the Common Core Standards in Mathematics and Reading, and National Research Council has hired Achieve (the same organization that wrote the Math and Reading standards) to write the new generation of science standards. […]

Some Questions About the NSTA Position on the New Generation of Science Standards

In the most recent issue of NSTA Reports (National Science Teachers Association), Francis Eberle, NSTA Executive Director wrote an opinion piece entitled First Steps Toward New Science Standards. Although not an official position of the NSTA membership, the article does outline the general attitude of the organization toward the recent effort to develop a Conceptual […]

Race to the Top Winners

Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced the Round Two winners in the competition for $4.5 billion in the Race to the Top Fund. If you recall, Delaware and Tennessee were the only states to receive funding in Phase I of the competition. Now, 9 states and the District of Columbia schools were selected as […]

Why does the framework for a "new generation" of science standards need to be revised?

Last month in a blog post, I raised questions about the new framework for a new generation of science standards, funded by the Carnegie Corporation, and developed by the National Research Council. In particular I looked at the scant criticism that exists in the literature of the current science standards (NSES). In that post I […]

Why does the framework for a “new generation” of science standards need to be revised?

Last month in a blog post, I raised questions about the new framework for a new generation of science standards, funded by the Carnegie Corporation, and developed by the National Research Council. In particular I looked at the scant criticism that exists in the literature of the current science standards (NSES). In that post I […]

DEM, LEM, and TEM: The New Language of Accountability & Standards

Okay. Here is a multiple choice question for you to consider: DEM, LEM, and TEM are: a. Nicknames for the latest X-Box game superheroes b. Abbreviations for newly discovered planets outside the solar system c. Names of three new political parties in the State of Georgia d. Acroynms for Georgia’s system wide approach to effectiveness […]

DEM, LEM, and TEM: The New Language of Accountability & Standards

Okay. Here is a multiple choice question for you to consider: DEM, LEM, and TEM are: a. Nicknames for the latest X-Box game superheroes b. Abbreviations for newly discovered planets outside the solar system c. Names of three new political parties in the State of Georgia d. Acroynms for Georgia’s system wide approach to effectiveness […]

The Real Meaning of Standards: Rigor, Shock, Stacking Up, Raising the Bar!

There was an article in today’s Atlanta Journal/Constitution newspaper by Maureen Downey, a columnist who writes on education issues entitled “Georgia’s Core Values.”  The article had nothing to say about “core values”, but had a lot to say about the new national math and English/language arts “core” standards. Surprisingly Downey writes without any criticism or […]

New Generation of Standards: What's Going On Here?

Last week the Massachusetts Board of Education approved the adoption of the Common Core Standards in Language and Mathematics, replacing their own standards which had been in place for nearly two decades, and viewed in high regard in the educational world.  Massachusetts’ politicians, educators and professional standard’s managers had spent nearly a year debating whether to […]

New Generation of Standards: What’s Going On Here?

Last week the Massachusetts Board of Education approved the adoption of the Common Core Standards in Language and Mathematics, replacing their own standards which had been in place for nearly two decades, and viewed in high regard in the educational world.  Massachusetts’ politicians, educators and professional standard’s managers had spent nearly a year debating whether to […]