Standards: There’s More to the Story
(Jim Gleason comments)
By now, we’re used to building courses based on standards. Most of us would agree that the standards movement has been a positive influence, causing all of us to think more closely about what we’re trying to accomplish with a given lesson.
However, building curriculum based on standards is only the first chapter of a long story: How do we decide which standards? How do we evaluate what’s out there? How do we prioritize? How do we actually implement?
For example, if we simply cherry-pick the standards we like, then we’re back to where we started – teaching the stuff that’s fun, easy, or aligned with some competitive event. Given the many, many standards that have been published by states and organizations, we can... Read more