The word itself can just irk a teacher, a parent, a school administrator, a lawmaker, a member of the general public, or even a student. It’s like politics and religion…it’s important and it’s there, but you want to tread lightly until you know you are in similar company of your own beliefs.
As a member of the next generation of teachers, I have opinions about standards. I have evidence from my personal time as a student, evidence from my master’s level coursework, evidence from what I read in reputable publications, and evidence from field work.
However, I’m not going to use this blog to preach my opinions. In the coming weeks and months, perhaps even years, I’m going to explore the concept of “standards”. I’m not going to evaluate a standards method because, well, I don’t have enough field experience to be very authoritative on the subject.
The way I look at is this: the more precise our understanding of what we want students to know and to be capable of demonstrating (our objectives), the more precise we can be in our method to achieve those objectives.
We need to explore where education has been, where it is now, and where we want it to go. We cannot just simply look forwards and pretend the past did not exist or look upon our past educational strategies with disgust. Additionally, we cannot openly judge that which we do not know or understand. How can people who do not understand the standards judge them?
Let’s get to know them. Let’s explore why we have standards. Let’s explore what standards mean. Let’s explore what standards don’t mean. Let’s give the standards one fair shot to argue their case before we become the judge, jury, and executioner of its content.
Exploring standards is part of “progressing education” and the use of technology in education. This blog will not change focus, it will just add depth with a new category of posts. There will still be technology reviews, infographics, articles, book reviews, guest posts, and more.