Should All US Students Learn the Same Thing?
30 июля 2013

Should All US Students Learn the Same Thing?

Should All US Students Learn the Same Thing?
This is the VOA Special English Education Report, from voaspecialenglish.com | facebook.com/voalearningenglish More than forty of the fifty American states have approved what are known as the common core state standards. These are lists of content that students are supposed to learn at each grade level from kindergarten to high school. State governors and schools chiefs led the effort to develop the standards. The project involved teachers, administrators, experts and public comments. The final standards were released in June of twenty-ten. Acceptance is voluntary. But acceptance helped states that entered President Obama's four-billion-dollar "Race to the Top" competition for school reform.The standards are for English language arts and math. Supporters say these provide clear goals to prepare students to succeed in college and in jobs. But critics of national standards say the idea goes against one of America's oldest traditions -- local control of education. Political conservatives generally oppose federal intervention in schools. Yet it was a Republican president, George W. Bush, who expanded testing requirements to show that public schools are making yearly progress. Still, opponents of national standards call them "one-size-fits-all." They say the idea does not make sense for a country as large and diverse as the United States. One of those opponents is Bill Evers at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in California. He was an assistant education secretary under President Bush. Mr. Evers warns about "closing the door on innovation by locking in a national, uniform bureaucratic system." He says, "The states don't have a problem in setting their curriculum -- they've been doing it ever since there've been public schools."Richard Riley was education secretary to President Bill Clinton, a Democrat. Mr. Riley says: "Conservatives would be concerned if we had federal-mandated common core standards. That's not what we have. It's a state-driven measure. High standards, challenging work for young people across the country." Mr. Riley says in the nineteen nineties he pushed states to develop their own statewide standards. But some of those standards were not very strong, he says, so he believes national standards are needed. But Bill Evers says technology now makes it easier to develop individual learning plans for students. He says schools should worry less about a common curriculum and more about improving teacher quality. For VOA Special English, I'm Alex Villarreal. You can find a link to the common core standards at voaspecialenglish.com. (Adapted from a radio program broadcast 09Jun2011)
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#1 написал: adam3176 (1 августа 2013 13:18)
RACE TO Dumb Us Down to the Level of DUMB MONKEY! make us Brainless dumb fools.. Progress means Make sure everyone is Dumbed down with the same Garbage?
#2 написал: 51Rainy (1 августа 2013 13:18)
Quote taken from "THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary on April 14, 2000": "The President will call on Congress to pass an education bill that invests in proven strategies for reform instead of gimmicks like vouchers and includes his Education Accountability Act, which requires states to help turn around failing schools or shut them down." Yes, Bill Clinton started this...Bush left off? where Clinton began, and Obama continued this reform putting more pressure on teachers to cheat.
#3 написал: 51Rainy (1 августа 2013 13:18)
Quote taken from "THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary on April 14, 2000": "The President will call on Congress? to pass an education bill that invests in proven strategies for reform instead of gimmicks like vouchers and includes his Education Accountability Act, which requires states to help turn around failing schools or shut them down." Yes, Bill Clinton started this...Bush left off where Clinton began, and Obama continued this reform putting more pressure on teachers to cheat.
#4 написал: 51Rainy (1 августа 2013 13:18)
It's such a shame they? are blaming this on Pres. Bush. Bush only continued what Clinton started. I'm a black retired teacher. I know the truth. When Bush realized many standards of the NCLB Act were entirely too difficult for ALL students to meet, his administration lowered them. This was the right thing to do since all children don't learn at the same pace. The Obama Ad. criticized the Bush Ad. for doing the right thing and started "Race to the Top" which resulted in this corruption!
#5 написал: GloballyUnited4Edu (1 августа 2013 13:18)
screw "race to the top". competition and education don't fit. education is about the emancipation of the individual and society as a whole. it is? not about training or producing human capital for the labor market. nobody should tell others what they have to learn except maybe for the very basics such as reading, writing and basic maths.
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