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    Where in the heck have I BEEN? I only just came across this site today via a homeschooler's blog post. Wow. I'm constantly surprised by our educational powers-that-be's neverending quest to "standardize" every %$#@ thing. Obviously, standardized tests weren't enough, so now it is onward and upward....

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    I had pretty thoroughly reviewed that a few months back, and it's not as bad as you think. In fact, it might be a good thing for those states participating.

    The "standards" aren't really specific benchmarks, like test scores, they're more like common sense educational goals such as
    The ability to write logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence is a cornerstone of the writing standards, with opinion writing—a basic form of argument—extending down into the earliest grades.
    An important focus of the speaking and listening standards is academic discussion in one-on-one, small-group, and whole-class settings. Formal presentations are one important way such talk occurs, but so is the more informal discussion that takes place as students collaborate to answer questions, build understanding, and solve problems.
    The high school standards call on students to practice applying mathematical ways of thinking to real world issues and challenges; they prepare students to think and reason mathematically.
    Also, it's a states initiative, not the Fed government
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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaB2C View Post
    I had pretty thoroughly reviewed that a few months back, and it's not as bad as you think. In fact, it might be a good thing for those states participating.

    The "standards" aren't really specific benchmarks, like test scores, they're more like common sense educational goals such as

    Also, it's a states initiative, not the Fed government
    I agree, I was very pleased with the standards. I was expecting something off the wall. It really could be a good thing for America to have a "standard" as many states don't seem to come close to these.
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    Topsy, you were in NYC when we discussed it there. I think the intent is to make it easier for kids moving from one state to another by standardizing what is being studied in each grade at the federal level. While I don't particularly like homogeneity in everything, I agree with the previous posters about it being a good thing, actually. If anything, I'm hoping it will improve the quality of the Florida schools, as we always hear how much better schools are "up North". (Well, we always hear about how everything is much better up North, we even have a bumper sticker that states "I don't care how to do it "Up North!" lol. Not me, I don't do bumper stickers.) I strive for Noah to meet or exceed the standards and right now it looks like he is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoopy View Post
    Topsy, you were in NYC when we discussed it
    Oh...so THAT's where I've been... ((embarrassed shrug))


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    Wow That might be good for some kids. Alex had 3 different schools in 5 years in 3 different states (moving down the street is for wussies! jk) And he had alot of gaps in what he knew when I bought him home to homeschool. He was technically in the 6th grade but we went back to 4th grade math to figure out the gaps!
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    I long for the day that states have the same standards. I may be in the minority who wish the Federal Gov't sets school minimum standards. We move often and it is so difficult for the kids in school. Our biggest fear was we'd be in a school district that had their own standards, then we'd move to somewhere else where they'd tell us our kids hadn't met the criteria to be placed into their grade level. It happened to my cousins when moving from Alabama to NJ. They were all held back a year because they were deemed "behind."

    While I like a standard that applies to every state, every school district, I do think there needs to be a local government class. So many people stay in one area their whole lives and it's important to know how not only the federal government works but also your state and local gov't. And state history too.
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    I'm also a fan of the idea of national standards (although I will admit that I haven't perused these thoroughly enough to give an educated opinion). However, no one loves me at hs functions if I say it, so I usually bite my tongue.
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    I too think a national standard is a good thing, so did Thomas Jefferson but others at his time disagreed. Having grown up in the military and now so are my children, it would have been nice for all the schools to be on the same sheet of music as we moved from one state to another - from school to school. I was always playing catch-up. Doing ancient history in social studies in one school to American history in the next for the same school year! Argh! No wonder that the only thing I ever learned in those years I taught myself though reading.
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    This is great for public schools. From a homeschooler's point of view, not so much. I wouldn't want these standards forced on our schooling.

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