As the volume of the media coverage heats up over Ohio’s Education Standards, don’t confuse the real issues. Standards are not laws: 1. Standards should be used as a reference point for planning teaching and learning programs, and for assessing student progress. 2. Standards should help teachers set targets and monitor achievement and develop programs that support and improve student learning. 3. Students use their current understanding to discover, develop and incorporate new knowledge, understanding and skills. It helps teachers and students to know if that current understanding is a suitable basis for future learning. In the end, it’s all about helping the individual student develop his/her full intellectual potential; it’s about helping teachers be the best educator that they can be. So take a deep breath, relax and do what you do best– help ALL students to be information literate; assist ALL students in becoming active and creative locators, evaluators, and users of information to solve problems, to think critically, and to satisfy their own curiosity through research and reading experiences. The political rhetoric is just hot air–let the breeze blow over you.
Keep up with the debate at NPR State Impact Ohio: Eye on Education http://stateimpact.npr.org/ohio
Ohio Education Daily News Summary (ODE) http://education.ohio.gov/Media/Ohio-Education-Daily-News-Summary?page=11