Sunday, February 20, 2011

Standards-Based vs. Performance-Based Curriculum

A very cool article from a student newspaper at an upstate New York high school:
A lot of the administration, teachers, and students don’t like the standard based curriculum, but have no power to change it. The standard based curriculum imposes content specifications without taking into account the different needs, opportunities to learn, and skills that may be appropriate for specific districts, regions, or students. But then, why have it at all? It’s difficult, unnecessary and somewhat medieval. School curriculum shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all. Wouldn’t we all like to do what we’re good at to the best of our abilities and therefore shine? Why should different people with different talents, interests, and abilities be forced into homogenization?
Read the entire article here.

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