Philosophy tells us who we are
1 November 2013 Leave a comment
While I have not read widely on the subject of the Common Core State Standards and their implementation, I have read enough to see what appears to be a common core of arguments.
We need national standards to be competitive in the global economy; vs. we need local control to assure our national character and integrity.
We need the content and levels, specified in the CCSS, to assure quality in education across the whole country; vs. we need to honor choice, and regional and local values that are nurtured through our education system.
And my favorite:
We need to be able to compare schools on a consistent scale; vs. we need to support every child in every school to maximize every individual’s innate potential.
Put another way, these might line up as:
Globalism v. parochialism
Uniformity v. individuality
Free-market competition v. Marxist socialism