The NSTA statement is uncritical and authoritarian. It granted outright compliance with the NGSS, even though there is a groundswell questioning the use of standards, the Common Core State Standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards. Should we endorse one set of performance goals for all K-12 students in English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science?
Fifth Article in the series on The Artistry of Teaching
Conservative and neoliberal paradigms dominate education, which have reduced teaching to skills, economic growth, job training, and transmission of information.
In spite of these authoritarian policies, many K-12 teachers practice a different form of instruction based on principles of equity, social constructivism, progressivism, and informal learning. The cornerstone of this approach is inquiry, and in this article, I’ll explore the nature of inquiry, and why it is the magnum principium of teaching.… Read more
This article is the Fourth in a series on The Artistry of Teaching.
In 1896, the laboratory school of the University of Chicago opened its doors under the directorship of John Dewey (Fishman and McCarthy 1998). Dewey’s idea was to create an environment for social and pedagogical experimentation. Theory and practice should mingle, and the laboratory school as Dewey conceived it would be a place for teachers to design, carry out, reflect on, and test learner-centered curriculum and practice.… Read more
First article in a series on The Artistry of Teaching
Teaching is more immediate than reflective, and the artistry of teaching, much like creativity, comes to the prepared mind, sometimes serendipitously, more often as an invention or ingenious solution to an immediate problem.
Many of you will agree that teachers are closer to being orchestra conductors than technicians. Yet, in 2013, we are in the midst of a sweeping assault on teaching and the teaching profession by people who focus on test scores, efficiency, cost benefit analysis, achievement, and common standards.The argument, in The Artistry of Teaching, is that in spite of the corporatization of schooling, it will be teachers and other educators who will lead the way to restore schooling to its democratic ideals.… Read more
Dear Colleagues at The Fordham Institute,
The American Education Research Association (AERA) developed a framework for Scientifically Based Research (SBR) in 2008. The SBR definition described below was supported by the AERA Council as a framework that offers sound guidance to members of Congress seeking to include such language in legislation. As you know Congress is inundated with partisan think tanks who offer their research results on issues close on their agenda. I believe that you are one of those think tanks.… Read more
Fordham Institute’s Final Evaluation of Next Generation Science Standards (Fordham Evaluation) Rated as Junk Science.
In this post I am going to provide evidence that the Fordham Evaluation of Next Generation Science Standards is junk science, and does not meet the basic standards of scientific research. Figure 1 is the Junk Science Evaluation and Index Form that I designed to assess the Fordham Evaluation. The ten categories are definitions of junk science that emerged from a study by Michael Carolan (2012). … Read more
In this post I am going to give evidence that the Fordham Institute’s evaluation of the Next Generation Science Standards should be rejected.
The Thomas Fordham Institute is a conservative advocacy think tank which issues opinion reports written by “experts” on science education (other education issues as well). I have reviewed earlier reports released by Fordham, and have critiqued their reports on the basis of their obvious bias against science education, especially against professors of science education who advocate an inquiry approach to teaching science.… Read more
Warning: If You Believe the Fordham Foundation on Their View of Science or NCTQ’s View on Teacher Education, You Should Check Your Eyesight. Really.
On this blog, I have reviewed earlier reports put out by these two oxymoronic organizations, the Thomas Fordham Institute: Advancing Education Excellence (Fordham), and The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). You need to know that these are ultra conservative organizations, and that the National Council on Teacher Quality was formed by the Thomas Fordham Institute.… Read more
I started going to the Soviet Union when it was the USSR in 1981, and for the next 20 years collaborated with teachers and researchers, particularly Julie Weisberg, Phil Gang and Jennie Springer in the US, Sergey Tolstikov, Galina Manke, and Anatoly Zaklebny in Russia in a mutually designed and developed program, the Global Thinking Project (GTP). The GTP is about how citizen diplomacy among American and Russian educators and psychologists emerged into a youth and teacher activism project. … Read more
Are the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards Progressive Ideology?
A growing criticism of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards is that its way for progressives to inject their philosophies and ideology onto children and youth in American schools. Ralph Watts, a state representative from Iowa believes this, and in his mind, the evidence is clear. Evidence of progressive philosophy can be found throughout the standards. According to Watts,
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In a nutshell, after reviewing the information, I have to conclude that the Next Generation Science Standards are more about promoting an ideology than they are about science.