School reform initiatives are founded on myths fears and lies.
Efforts to nationalize and standardize curriculum including Common Core have done and will do enormous damage to public schools. They are ideas and values that should have disappeared along with the Soviet Union. They are narrowing curriculum to not much more than basic language arts and math skills.
Does the chef at my favorite restaurant, my financial planner, my architect, my accountant, my dentist, my yoga instructor, my doctor, my mechanic, plumber, and electrician, all need the same high school education? Really? Do we really want everyone to master Algebra 2 to the same level? Is reading informational text really so important for everyone? So important as to preempt music, art, industrial arts and close schools that might be teaching these things well?
American schools were once locally controlled and diverse. Out of those schools came generations of Americans who innovated and created much of what has made the United States world leader.
Rather than narrowing curriculum NATIONALLY to a small selection of skills in math and language arts, we should find ways to radically expand, enrich, diversify the curricula in our schools.
Most of what Common Core Standards measure are made obsolete by smart phones. We don’t need knowledge regurgitation; we need knowledge creation. Instead of asking all students to become proficient to the same level in the same subjects, we should be helping students to explore their passions, develop their interests, and hone their abilities.
Schools should foster students to develop qualities that will serve them across careers and throughout their lives, qualities such as empathy, creativity, resilience, risk tolerance, collaboration, cooperation, socially-conscious problem solving, and critical thinking. Instead of these things, school reforms are teaching students to regurgitate knowledge on standardized tests.
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