Education and power–National standards for what?

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Article published March 14, 2010

Education in America has long been a local concern, with teachers, instructional methods and schools established and paid for by towns, cities and states in accordance with the demands and preferences of their populations. Now,Washington is pressing to command a greater role in dictating what American children should learn, and how they should be taught. The result could be a useful adjunct to local and state instruction, or a costly blunder into a thicket of bureaucracy that does real harm to taxpayers and students.

A common set of education standards that draws upon the collective wisdom of educators could present underachieving states and school districts with successful models to emulate, such as those in Massachusetts. But such standards must remain voluntary and advisory. Forcing a national standard onto states would be counterproductive. {Read more here}

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