Well, it just shows that even as I'm enjoying watching the UM Wolverines make hash out of Illinois, not all is well with the world. Once again, we are asked to accept overstated extrapolations: citing improved test scores is tantamount to a claim that test scores are prima facie meaningful; indeed, we should conclude that test scores are THE MOST meaningful basis for assessment and that portfolios are pretty worthless; the Standards are REALLY just about "feeling good," and blah, blah, blah.
Reading another broad attack on the Standards from a familiar quarter is about as informative and surprising as reading an attack on Bill Clinton's every thought or deed by Mona Charen (another monolithic thinker from Los Angeles).
Well, another September is here. Here's a thought:
Outdated math methods belong in the hall, Unflexible teachers make my skin crawl. Jaimie Escalante and all the king's men Won't make time run backwards again.
Michael Paul Goldenberg University of Michigan 310 E. Cross St. School of Education 4002 Ypsilanti, MI 48198 Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259 (313) 482-9585 (313) 747-2244
"Truth is a mobile army of metaphors." Friedrich Nietzsche