Alternate National Education Standards


This is a sort-of tongue in cheek look at what if all students had to be graded on and successfully meet the following personal productivity standards before exiting high school.
  • Be able to build a 10 x 10 shed.
  • Cut and split at least 1 cord of wood
  • Plant a garden and harvest the crop
  • Hunt, kill, prepare and cook a critter to eat.
  • Figure out what’s wrong with a vehicle that won’t start and fix it so that it will.
  • Properly landscape a yard, so the water drains properly and still looks good.
  • Drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle or 4-wheeler, where you want to go without getting stuck or if you get stuck, know how to get it out.
  • Catch a fish, kill the fish, clean the fish, cook the fish, eat the fish.
  • Be there while a critter is being born and help ensure everything goes okay.
  • Assist in a nursing home for at least a week.
  • Help build or repair a trail someplace that requires you to be outdoors for at least 5 days.
  • Assist at the local fire station for at least a week.
These and many more make more sense for most students than much of the stuff that is taught in the classroom today. These are some of the rural standards, someone else would have to do the urban standards. Does anyone have any other standards to include for rural or urban standards?
I know that many people who are attempting to promote the Common Standards are well meaning and want to see education in the U.S. improve. But what makes their standards anymore important to a student or their family than the one’s that I have listed above? Which would be more practical for most students, learning how to plant a garden or knowing how to solve the Pythagorean Theorem by the end of their Eighth Grade year in school.
Then there is the controversy down in Texas over their state standards, which significantly influences what most publishers use as a basis for what they put in their textbooks, which are also used throughout the United States — talk about misuse of influence. This dispute shows how quickly and “easily” a small number of people can control the majority and quickly re-write “things” to meet their biases and requirements, not whether it is the truth or reality.
  • That is the biggest issue I have with standards – who’s standards are they?
  • What do they mean and how easily can they be subverted for non-educational reasons?
One set of Common Standards for the entire Country scares me…how easily could they be changed in the future, to meet a minority opinion of what should be taught throughout this Country.
Centralization may be great for many things, but is it right course for education?
What are the safeguards that are going to be in place to ensure that no one group (political or religious) monopolizes or is able to revise Common Standards in Education America? What happened in Texas concerns me, imagine this happening at the Centralized Common Standard level – that scares the hell out of me. Does it you?
This post went from a fairly light hearted look at standards to something more – think about why it did?
and as always
Have you made a difference today? How?

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