Common core : national education standards and the threat to democracy
|Format:||Print Book 2018.|
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The Common Core State Standards Initiative is one of the most controversial pieces of education policy to emerge in decades. Detailing what and when K-12 students should be taught, it has led to expensive reforms and displaced other valuable ways to educate children. In this nuanced and provocative book, Nicholas Tampio argues that, though national standards can raise the education bar for some students, the democratic costs outweigh the benefits.
To make his case, Tampio describes the history, philosophy, content, and controversy surrounding the Common Core standards for English language arts and math. He also explains and critiques the Next Generation Science Standards, the Advanced Placement US History curriculum framework, and the National Sexuality Education Standards. Though each set of standards has admirable elements, Tampio asserts that democracies should disperse education authority rather than entrust one political or pedagogical faction to decide the country's entire philosophy of education.
Ultimately, this lively and accessible book presents a compelling case that the greater threat to democratic education comes from centralized government control rather than from local education authorities.
ContentsArguments for national education standards
Arguments against national education standards
English standards, close reading, and testing
Math standards, understanding, and college and career readiness
Science standards, scientific unity, and the problem of sustainability
History standards, american identity, and the politics of storytelling
Sexuality standards, gender identity, and religious minorities
Conclusion democracy, education standards, and local control
Epilogue democracy and the test refusal movement.
-- United States.
Education and state -- United States.
Educational accountability -- United States.
Decentralization in government -- United States.
Central-local government relations -- United States.
Democracy -- United States.
|Publisher|| Baltimore :2018.
ix, 200 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-194) and index.