Threat to education

The Lowell Sun

Updated: 02/10/2010 08:16:31 AM EST

The push for a set of national academic standards for public schools would make sense, if some states — including Massachusetts — weren’t already exceeding the anticipated federal guidelines.

At this point, only a first draft has been completed, but some education experts have termed the proposed standards “weak” and “generic.” One nationally known standards expert said the first draft has “nowhere near the best sets of standards in the country…”
Not for one moment should Massachusetts consider lowering its academic standards in hopes it will curry favor with the Obama administration and increase the likelihood of scoring additional federal grants. What good would that do if the state is required to adhere to lower standards? {Read more here}

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