Inverse Relationship between Common Standards & Innovative Science Teaching?

Is there an inverse relationship between the use of common standards and innovative and differentiated science teaching?

I saw a former science education student today as I walking into the local Home Depot.  He is currently teaching physics at a local high school.  He earned his second master’s degree in science education in the TEEMS teacher preparation program at Georgia State University and was also a research assistant for the Global Thinking Project.

He told me that the Common Core State Standards were being implemented in his school district, and he said that there was disconnect between the district’s pressure to differentiate instruction and use innovative methods with the students and these common standards.… Read more