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ERIC Number: EJ880883
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Debunking the Case for National Standards
Kohn, Alfie
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v75 n8 p4-7 Apr 2010
Throughout the 1990s, one state after another adopted prescriptive education standards enforced by frequent standardized testing, often of the high-stakes variety. A top-down, get-tough movement to impose "accountability" began to squeeze the life out of classrooms. Recently, politicians, corporate CEOs, and testing companies are trying to sell national standards. Advocates of national standards say they want all (American) students to attain excellence, no matter where they happen to live. The problem is that excellence is being confused with entirely different attributes, such as uniformity, rigor, specificity, and victory. In this article, the author considers each in turn. He argues that the real purpose behind national standards is to pump up the American economy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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