Sunday, March 16, 2008

Who says?

I know that it seems to be common knowledge that state-mandated curricula and assessments mean we can't really teach the thinks we all believe are important -- like critical thinking and communication (thanks Alan November whom I got to hear at TechExpo 2008).

Here's someone (else) who is willing to question common knowledge. Check it out. It is great.


Jenna said...

I am a teacher candidate. I am still in college. I hear that the standards are really hard to fulfill at times. Is this because the teachers do not always believe that the standards are the most important things for students to learn for life, or are they just too hard to teach. I am kind of worried about this. I have a professor who actually states that it is not that hard once you get the hang of it.

Mr. A. said...

I teach a state-mandated curriculum, which, in turn, on state-mandated standards.

I agree with your professor that it is entirely possible to teach the standards in a way that is very deep and very meaningful.