The Independent Women’s Forum has released a new policy brief on national testing and curriculum mandates called Common Core. Joining the podcast to discuss that report is its author, Vicki Alger. Vicki is director of the Women for School Choice project at IWF and a research fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California, where she is completing a book examining the history of the U.S. Department of Education.
Vicki discusses the failure of decades of attempts to improve U.S. education using national efforts, how Common Core is a better fit for the industrial age than our own age of diversity and customization, and what is a more promising alternative to one-size-fits-all mandates.
In a world that’s moving toward individualization in realms like the work force- telecommuting, flexible schedules- it seems antithetical to be moving in the opposite direction regarding education. And that’s where common core standards will take us, in the opposite direction toward uniformity and “cookie-cutter” education. It’s just not right.
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