Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Standards, Curriculum, Constitutions, Laws...

One good analogy is that standards are like a constitution whereas curricula is like laws. There may be no objective dividing line between what can go in an constitutional amendment and a law, but at some point if you pile too much stuff (or not enough) into the constitution, your system stops working well. And if you put the national speed limit in the constitution and the right to free speech in a law, you're really screwed up. Especially if when people point out that the speed limit doesn't belong in the constitution they are accused of not wanting what's best for kids.

1 comment:

Tyson said...

A quote came to mind:
"The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes