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Ericsson, Patricia Freitag – English Education, 2005
The educational enterprise is awash in standards, but little attention is paid to what the term really means. Without carefully crafted, widely accepted definitions of standards, standards projects are rife with problems and frequently fail. The absence of careful definitions typically leads to confusion, rejection of standards, and can actually…
Descriptors: Definitions, Standardized Tests, National Standards, English
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Dudley-Marling, Curt – English Education, 2005
In this article, the author examines briefly several broad themes in reading reform to see what these can tell about policy makers' respect--or lack of respect--for teachers of reading. He talks about the current discourse of "scientifically-based" research which is about teachers, teachers who are blamed for reading failures. He…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Educational Change, Reading Failure, Educational Policy