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Must We Be For Or Against?

Behavior and intention.008Last fall, I did a tremendous amount of reading on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the uniform standards being adopted by nearly all 50 states in the US, in preparation for my newest book, Leveraging Differences, coming out from Corwin sometime next fall.

I’m not for the CCSS

I’m not against the CCSS

There are great arguments, with elements of truth, being made for both positions.

My position? I’m anti

  • wasting resources when collaboration might help
  • having 50 groups doing the same thing over and over
  • tests that can’t really be used to inform instruction
  • decisions made without a “follow the money” analysis

In other words, I see merit in the CCSS. And some major reasons to be concerned about how they will be implemented.

Read through the comments on any number of blogs–Diane Ravitch’s recent post, for example. Can you hear how polarized people are, as if there is absolutely no merit in the other side? Can we talk reasonably about the merits of one set of standards (NOT one curriculum)? And can we listen to legitimate fears? And can we consider who might be helped and who might be harmed? With open minds? And only THEN figure out what to do?

Then the adults in this country would be modeling the 21st century skills that the CCSS are supposedly designed to teach our children. And I’m all for that.

Jane Kise

Jane Kise is a consultant and executive coach. The founder of Differentiated Coaching Associates and author of over 20 books, she works with schools and businesses worldwide to help create environments where everyone can flourish.

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