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ERIC Number: EJ803345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
A Progressive Case for Educational Standardization: How Not to Respond to the Spellings Report
Graff, Gerald; Birkenstein, Cathy
Academe, v94 n3 p16-18 May-Jun 2008
In responses from higher education to the 2006 report on Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, "A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education," one particular argument is made repeatedly: that educational standardization of the sort implicitly called for in the report is neither possible nor desirable, as it would destroy the diversity of American colleges and universities, a fundamental strength that cannot be reduced to a common standard or measure of educational effectiveness. The authors counter both this argument and similar critiques of higher education, asserting that an alternative to rejection of the concept of common standards should be sought. Rather than insisting on irreducible diversity, they advocate that those who are in higher education should open up debates on campuses across the country to determine whether common practices underlie that diversity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001