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April 13, 2009

COMING SOON TO A SCHOOL NEAR YOU: A NATIONAL CURRICULUM?

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called for national educational standards. Leaving aside the fact that there is no constitutional basis for the federal government establishing national educational standards, they are also just one step removed from a national curriculum. Here's some of the reaction to such an idea in Britain.

Guardian, UK
- Teachers are under pressure to follow the national curriculum so rigidly they can no longer react to what their pupils are learning, a teaching union leader warned.

Schools fear inspectors will criticize them if they do not obey the national curriculum to the letter, Julian Chapman, president of the largest teachers' union in the UK, said.. . .

His view echoes calls from MPs on the children, schools and families select committee earlier this month for the national curriculum to be drastically slimmed down.

The MPs said that all schools should only be required to follow a national curriculum in English, maths, science and information and communication technology - a freedom currently only extended to the government's flagship academies.

The committee called for the national curriculum to be capped so that it accounted for less than half of teaching time in schools.

Chapman said: "There is a danger that some teachers are being expected to stick rigidly to their lesson plans, rather than use their professional judgment and react to a child's enthusiasm.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Mairead said...

Let's see...

There's no authority for federal edu curriculum setting, so the feds should keep out...

...and the local lunatics who want to teach 'creation science', supremacy, and similar idiocies shouldn't be allowed.

Small conflict there?

April 13, 2009 10:58 PM  
Blogger test said...

It's working for a 16,000 page document, but it all has to be in ONE
file. Please invite Steve Jobs and Mr. Cook to talk with you and David
Plouffe, and DOEd regarding bringing "Iron Man" capabilities to our
information highways.

============NH:
"Glass bead game" (Herman Hesse) exhibitions/competitions refereed by DOEd? xref: ;full text random access data base. Never open a folder again: find every instance of every word: display the map of same. Oldest? Newest? Most weighted by what other factors?
================Null Hypothesis//

...

============NH:
Health Care Album like Biafra Relief Album; xref: iTunes, BMI, ASCAP
song lists with the AMA Physicians Desk Reference; xref: American
Psychological Association, NEA Teachers' Union, and DOEd web site
designed to permit a wide range of people to enhance lesson plans
posted by teachers. (Search prior posts for "World Music and Dance in
the Schools" "iTunesU" and what else?
===========NH//

...

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#49 of 601: William Hale (hinging0) Mon 09 Mar 2009 (09:01 AM)

It also nearly torpedoed his Senate confirmation, and caused White
House officials to slow down the background checks for dozens of other
nominees.

==========NH:
'torpedoed' found by search word 'DOEd'. Nevertheless: National Teacher minimum standards that states may exceed by not be lower than? xref: CBEST, President's Council on Physical Fitness, Peace Corps, or VISTA, or America Corps, or Habitt for Humanity real world experience [door]...
=============Null Hypothesis//

DOEd NYTimes Book Review quality reviews of Text Books and Teaching Aids, with Individual Opinions from Educators, parents, and students searchable by date, recommended, editor's choice, boolean operators, and published reposts, and what else?

CHRONOLOGY OF IDEA FOLLOWS:

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#258 of 921: William Hale (hinging0) Sat 14 Mar 2009 (03:32 PM)

Contiguous ads of you, Sasha, er, Natasha, Natasha & Melia, look this
way from the contiguous margin of the NYTimes. "What time do Sasha and
Malia go to bed?" 8 'o'clock, right?

NYtimes.com /travel, show a dock and an onion dome... and the Intel ad
below that shows wonderful colors and patterns and reads, "Today's
High School Students. Tomorrow's Scientists... with a mortar board
shape and tassel in white sillouette. (sp?)

NYC Immigration Attorney, Satellite West Middle: Junior High and
Middle School New Horizon for Education, and Masters-Special ED ads by
Google.

The far margin has multi-media, New to English.

Note: English grammar is very difficult because it's so irregular.

Diversity in the classroom; xref: World music and dance IN the
schools.

Immigration explorer

For students learning English a world apart: blackboard and
instructor.

And groups of students congregating in the halls with fending machines
in the background... then a bit of a video about schools...

Isn't this what text books should be like?

Should the NYTimes be in the eduction business as well as the news
business? You must be already, no? xref: idea to have curriculum thread
bar codes and icons in the head line areas... But there's no web site
shown we can go to to use this to ENHANCE a lesson plan that is
scheduled to be taught anytime soon.

Like the way pizza is delivered, why not have NYTimes Lesson plan
delivery service arrive with 20 lap tops for the class to use for the
lesson. While the delivery people stand and watch to prevent abuse, and
also rotate through acting as desk to desk tutors?

You can have lesson plans delivered once a week, or as often as your
budget and DOEd permit?

xref: putting newspaper delivery trucks to use?

===================NH//

...

by Article III [exterior sound]
2. The posting of the complete organizational chart [thn] for the
Federal Reserve and the US Treasury with a prominent link on their home
pages, and an Article I approved US DOEd curriculum strand offered to
all State school districts at no charge with template forms for
challenging said lesson plan via article III
3. Two separate Federal Reserve Systems that compete with one another
[thn]

...

============NH:
Health Care Album like Biafra Relief Album; xref: iTunes, BMI, ASCAP
song lists with the AMA Physicians Desk Reference; xref: American
Psychological Association, NEA Teachers' Union, and DOEd web site
designed to permit a wide range of people to enhance lesson plans
posted by teachers. (Search prior posts for "World Music and Dance in
the Schools" "iTunesU" and what else?
===========NH//

...

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#172 of 423: William Hale (hinging0) Fri 10 Apr 2009 (03:15 AM)

Obama Family around a campfire writes a term paper together using
iTunes U Montanna State Curriculum links and DOEd curriculum links [^]
"We've got to FIHISH, tomorrow is Cowboy Song night!"

"That's way above your grade level, do you have time to link to that
strand?"

[jet]

[thn/@]; xref: search word strand
...

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#230 of 298: William Hale (hinging0) Mon 13 Apr 2009 (05:57 PM)

Dear HRC & State Heads North & South:

...

So, would The South American Summit be interested in elevated School
bike trails to lift children out of the slums and the ghettos and get
them in a controlled access environment where National Service team
members took duty shift rotations guarding the entrances and exits, and
riding bikes inside?

Should Brazil with it's world famous architecture of Brasila lead the
way with a Western Hemisphere design competition?

Should US DOEd participate?

...

Any ideas on a Treaty between Brazil and Thailand regarding a joint
effort to save the rain forests?

The idea would be to give title to the rain forest land to the
citizens, then PAY the citizens for eminent domain for taking he land
back for preservation, and then permitting the citizens to use their
newly gained wealth to buy land, housing, condos, and time sharing in
carefully mapped development patterns that least infringed on the rain
forest, so they would be near their jobs [Thn//] as care takers, river
boat guides, entertainers, scholars, botanists, tree web cam
transmitter maintenance crews, and all weather response screens so
rainforest animals can see internet rain forest park visitors [Amazon.
Now showing in IMAX. Museum of Science. The Math Works... " Ad comes up
on boston.com] via our web cams, so we can learn body language that
communicates with the animals or switch to "CamTwist" and let the wild
life see what our screen shows us via approved scientific social,
biologic, psychologic, and materials science experiments approved by US
DOEd in conjunction with Brazil and Thailand DOEd's and UNESCO,
etc....

And then there's the matter of the all weather, out door speakers
[Whummm... outdoor sound]

So here's the "Training You, to Train Your Dog" response. Please give
'Bo' and the Obamas a kiss for me, likewise for my own poor neglected
family, in the name of the One God, who has at least three telephones
lines to and from the one God, we ask this,

Amen.

[^]
...

18. The US Department of Education (DOEd) shall award prizes to the
top 100 essays received on "What national camp in your yard week" meant
to me. Essays shall be judged at the local level and the top ten from
each zip coded forwarded to DOEd who shall in turn employ the faculty
and graduate students of US Universities to each read one or more
essays and rank it on a scale of 1 to 20, with finalists essays being
evaluated by world wide experts in an internet competition.
...
PS: Please update: 'SUBMIT' to read, 'SEND'; xref: "Subject of
Citizen?" METRO ad. {{Unless it is an intentional foul to provoke this
reaction, in which case 'submission' might better be a DOEd curriculum
strand litmus test for State Educators and citizens to test and rank
their curriculum design, and then it's between them, their God, and
Article III...}} [[Thnk/]]
...


RESOLVED, Article I DOEd with OMB, and Article II CBO, shall each
independently establish web sites to provide public and contracted
input for creation of said Budget Watcher tests. [13:10], and further,
...
e who so greedy they keep running up the
bill with "insideous encroachments" (Louis Brandies, USSC, 1938).
Maybe some OTHER topic but in those two venujes... like the Springfield
fenue [Wall St. Journal page automatically refreshes]
Perhaps a DOEd speeck outside with the Smithsonian Castle behind? Or a
Nat Geo. Meeting with PM [Whump] xref: Union Jack Great Circles and
trade routes... and hints, "You kno
...
18. The US Department of Education (DOEd) shall award prizes to the
top 100 essays received on "What national camp in your yard week" meant
to me. Essays shall be judged at the local level and the top ten from
each zip coded forwarded to trwho shall in turn employ the faculty
and graduate students of US Universities to each read one or more
essays and rank it on a scale of 1 to 20, with finalists essays being
evaluated by world wide experts in an internet competition.
...

April 15, 2009 11:03 AM  

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