Pluralistic: American education has all the downsides of standardization, none of the upsides (16 Jan 2024)

Today’s links American education has all the downsides of standardization, none of the upsides: A common core, but no commons. Hey look at this: Delights to delectate. This day in history: 2004, 2009, 2014, 2019, 2023 Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming/recent appearances, current writing projects, current reading American education has all the downsides of standardization, none of the upsides (permalink) We moved to America in 2015, in time for my kid to start third grade. Now she’s a year away from graduating high school (!) and I’ve had a front-row seat for the US K-12 system in a district rated as one of the best in the country. There were ups and downs, but high school has been a monster. We’re a decade and a half into the “common core” experiment in educational standardization. The majority of the country has now signed up to a standardized and rigid curriculum that treats overworked teachers as untrustworthy slackers who need to be disciplined by measuring their output through standard lessons and evaluations: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Core This system is rigid enough, but it gets even worse at the secondary level, especially when combined with the Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which adds another layer of inflexible benchmarks to the highest-stakes, most anxiety-provoking classes in the system: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Placement It is a system singularly lacking in grace. Ironically, this unforgiving system was sold as a way of correcting the injustice at the heart of the US public education system, which funds schools based on local taxation. That means that…Pluralistic: American education has all the downsides of standardization, none of the upsides (16 Jan 2024)

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