A plague has been sweeping through American schools, wiping out the most innovative instruction and beating down some of the best teachers and administrators. Ironically, that plague has been unleashed in the name of improving schools. Invoking such terms as "tougher standards," "accountability," and "raising the bar," people with little understanding of how children learn have imposed a heavy-handed, top-down, test-driven version of school reform that is lowering the quality of education in this country.
It has taken some educators and parents a while to realize that the rhetoric of "standards" is turning schools into giant test-prep centers, effectively closing off intellectual inquiry and undermining enthusiasm for learning (and teaching). It has taken even longer to realize that this is not a fact of life, like the weather -- that is, a reality to be coped with -- but rather a political movement that must be opposed.
|WHY WE SHOULD OPPOSE IT:|
The Case Against "Tougher Standards"
|HOW WE CAN OPPOSE IT:|
Practical Strategies to Save Our Schools
|WHOM TO CONTACT:|
A List of State Coordinators
|WHERE TO FIND MORE INFORMATION:|
References and Resources
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