>I wonder what kind of miracle curricula the "more than >50 curriculum specialists" have developed for >kindergarten, etc.?
The article itself gives a partial answer,
>"The standards are meant to be more rigorous," Howley >said. There is an emphasis on writing across >disciplines -- in social studies and science as well as >English classes, for example -- and a deeper >understanding of math concepts.
"Writing Across The Curriculum", or "WAC", is one of the more recent developments in pedagogy. Colleges have been doing this for a while, or trying to, so the curriculum specialists figure that if it is good for college students it must be great for 3rd graders. Surely, you do not see a problem with this thinking (although we are not even sure yet that WAC is good for college students).
Certainly, the need for better writing cannot be in doubt. Consider this article in today's front-page NY Times,
- ------------------------------ http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/10/us/in-one-city-signing-up-for-internet-becomes-a-civic-cause.html?hp KANSAS CITY, Mo. ? With Google?s promise last year to wire homes, schools, libraries and other public institutions in this city with the nation?s fastest Internet connection, community leaders on the long forlorn, predominantly black east side were excited, seeing a potentially uplifting force. They anticipated new educational opportunities for their children and an incentive for developers to build in their communities. - ------------------------
According to the NY Times, Kansas City, MO has the nation's fastest internet connection, yet Google feels the need to install their own wiring. That, or the NY Times cannot get there references right, on their own front page.
The "paper of record"! And they are not ashamed. Obviously, something has to be done at the elementary school level.