Sunday, June 24, 2012

Quotation Of The Day: The Last Decade In Teaching Editon

From Yong Zhao:
NCLB has led to a narrowing of curriculum, demoralization of teachers, explosion of cheating scandals, reduction of teaching to test-preparation, weakening of public education, and deprivation of the disadvantaged children of a meaningful education experience. The national standards movement in the U.S. has coincided with a significant decline in creativity over the last few decades. Of course, another side (or intended) effect is the increased wealth of publishing companies, tutoring services, and for-profit education ventures.
The Common Core, however dressed, shares the fundamental spirit with NCLB: standardization of curriculum enforced with high-stakes testing. In fact, the Common Core comes with more force on a larger scale. The side effects will be even more significant.

1 comment:

D.E. Bishop said...

And I don't think any of that has been unexpected by the Big Money/ALEC/Koch/etc bunch that has been pusing for NCLB and all the other anti-education stuff, like the guv's 1234.