Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Giving Up On the Idea of "High School"

The proposed Common Core standards for English dovetail neatly with the new wave of interest in adolescent literacy. The implications of this in the current context make me a little queasy.

Combine a focus on literacy more in line with K-8, with a push for various kinds of early college, AP and dual-enrollment, and you start to crowd out the idea of high school entirely. I don't know...

I guess the biggest thing I'm on the look out for is structural changes which increase the advantages of test score driven approaches. From one point of view, any course stuffed between the end of literacy assessments and an the beginning of AP exams is a wasted year.

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