Ed economist Bruce Baker on a key "ed reform" paradox pushed by the Fordham Institute: does Common Core Standardization mean choice among how well schools implement the same curriculum and the test results therein? Then why are we expanding charters that are exempt from those requirements? Is the real point to make public education so unpalatable everyone flees to the alternatives?
Friday Thoughts: Is there really a point to advocating both standardization and choice?
So, this all has me wondering if the real objective here – among advocates of these seemingly contradictory policies – is actually to make traditional public schooling so utterly unbearable for both teachers and students by expanding the testing and standards driven culture, expanding curricular sta…