An Observation of Sorts IV

100619_142319_0.pngAn Observation of Sorts IV -

And so it seems that blog entries are best when they are short, pithy, to the point, and most importantly - concise and direct.

The last three blog entries have dealt with the issue of what it means to define standards and then to implement those standards in a coherent way.

The subject of simple science measurements was chosen deliberately because there is such a variation in the implementation of those standards of measurement.  In much of American education in the area of science, we do not know nor do we consistently use any particular set of standard measurements. While some teachers will argue that the default set the standards in the science department is the metric system, that metric system does not impact life and the rest of the school, and I contend that that situation makes teaching these standards of measurement almost impossible.
It is important to consider the impact of another set of standards being used in American education today.  The Common Core represents a well-developed set of standards, a researched set of standards, a developmentally appropriate set of standards, and a set of standards implemented by states across the country. And yet we are seeing a growing trend to reject the Common Core and in fact replace it with not much.

As with science standards, I believe the real issue is not the definition of the standards. Experts and professionals can debate, disagree, and finally concur on the definition of those standards.

What I do know is that once the standards are defined, they have a tendency to be relegated to the states for implementation.  This is necessary in order that the states retain the control historically given to them in the area of education. Yes many states do not have the resources to create an implementation plan. The  absence of a coherent implementation plan leaves the standards of the Common Core like the science standards concerning measurement, something implemented in one classroom and not necessarily implemented in the next.

This is an inherent deficiency. In order to be successful, states must find resources and willing individuals in order to implement the Common Core across multiple disciplines. This would present a united system, a coherent system, a system that parents and students and teachers can all understand. Otherwise, there is nothing too common about the Common Core. Passing laws and regulations is no way to create an implementation plan. It is however a methodology to create a failure.

Without a system of implementation which may take many years, any educational reform work and any educational reform standards run the risk of their predecessors, a fine idea never to be realized.  The New Classroom will seek to establish the standards, make them transparent by posting them, and by collaborating with others on the best strategies for implementation.

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