Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Separated at Birth

I was looking the other day at the committees that developed the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, which my district will adopt beginning next year. The "work team" committee did not include a single college professor of English. The "feedback group" included ONE professor of English, Mark Bauerlein from Emory University. No knock on Emory or Bauerlein, but, just for comparison, the math work team included three professors of mathematics, from UW-Madison, University of Michigan, and Illinois State, and the feedback group included professors of math from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and UT-Austin.

So what's going on here? To be continued...