Trends in Ed: New Common Curriculum

| March 8, 2011

Yesterday a group of educators and business leaders announced a new proposed common curriculum, which would provide specific guidelines for teachers in every grade.  This continues a trend in greater centralization and standardization of education policy in the U.S.

Last year, to capture some of the $4 billion the Obama administration was offering as part of its Race to the Top grant competition, 40 states adopted common standards.  This new curricular guide would account, a three-page statement published on the Web site of the Albert Shanker Institute, “for about 50 to 60 percent of a school’s available academic time.”

The curriculum has bipartisan support, but a number of Republicans, are suspicious of this preemption of what has traditionally been a state and local responsibility, which will, Representative John Kline objects “politicize the curriculum.”

The Albert Shanker institute is dedicated, of course, to the famous teachers union president who will destroy the United States sometime in the next 60 years.