Alfie Kohn’s Provocative Counterpoint to the Common Core State Standards


I have always had a soft spot for the writings of Alfie Kohn. He’s one of the educators whose writing always stirs just a bit of guilty feeling in me, reminding me that I could be doing more to be better in ways that matter. So on one hand, I love his commentary pointing out that the Common Core State Standards are about, well, setting a common bar, not looking for individual achievements. And on the other hand, I know these are the cards we’re dealt, that there is some language in them that is library-friendly, and that I see some instructional gaps being filled that were gaping under past practices. Here’s an excerpt below … click the link at the bottom to read the entire thing.

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