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June 21, 2010

Standardizing Standards

The state Board of Education has given the go-ahead to standardizing expectations of our students locally to fit into a national effort to better assess school and student performance on an apples to apples comparison. Some textbooks and course offerings might change a bit, but this voluntary move is a good one. After all, if we are going to expect our schools to perform at a certain level, there certainly needs to be a benchmark and comparison, and now we can look at states around the country.

One goal of this program, which has been firmly endorsed in almost every state, is to help get students ready for college, more so than the schools are doing today. Why it took so long for this approach to take off, who knows, but the mission statement of the Common Core State Standards really says it all when it mentions "…American students fully prepared for the future… to compete successfully in the global economy." 

Well said, and to help this new vision succeed, we must be teaching Hawaii's  public school kids more about economics 101, we have to provide books and learning tools for everyone, and ensure that plumbing works and that air flows through all of the classrooms. Now those are some common sense standards we can work on locally that will most assuredly help us in reaching the new national, academic standards. Think about it…

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