Wednesday, September 23, 2009

International Benchmarks: England

In England, there are four "core concepts that underpin the study of English:" competence, creativity, cultural understanding, and critical understanding. Since their definition of "critical understanding" is relatively narrow (like the Common Core's), I'd say the proposed Common Core standards hit half of England's core concepts.

Overall, if the Common Core people wanted their standards to be less of a joke without losing the stodgy tone (but with better graphic design, or any graphic design), they'd make them more like England's.

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