Friday, March 12, 2010

Why I Support National Educational Standards

  1. It ensures that every child, everywhere, is learning the same basic ideas to prepare them for life after school.
  2. It ensures that textbook writers and editors are creating material that matches educational standards for everyone (not just Texas, one of the largest textbook buyers in the nation).
  3. It eases the transition for students who move from one school or state to another because the curriculum will not be vastly different.
  4. It helps ensure adequate preparation for college. I had a good education, but professors assumed I'd read books I hadn't -- such To Kill a Mockingbird.
  5. It still leaves room for schools and teachers to go above and beyond, but ensures that students are learning certain basic skills before they enter the world.
  6. It allows for a national standardized test, ensuring that state achievement scores are reported fairly and accurately, as opposed to the current system, where each state has individual tests and individual standards, making comparisons unfair and inaccurate.
  7. It simplifies the process for teachers, allowing them to collaborate with other instructors in their building, district, state, or anywhere in the nation, to find the best practices for teaching the subject matter, and to share ideas and resources with each other -- something that cannot necessarily happen if each state or district has different standards in place.

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