Kris Giere7 months ago
I have worked with some K-12 teachers on Project Based Learning curricula that aligns with the current Common Core guidelines (we all know that standards are subject to whimsical change) and that curricula inspires students to learn for the sake of learning (I interacted with a student panel that articulated that exact concept). I still have hope for the Common Core to not impede innovation. I'd prefer if we didn't rely on arbitrary measurements of knowledge to determine educational prowess, but my hope is that teachers will be able to truly teach again with the "wiggle room" as you put it that the Common Core has.
As for charter schools, I am more of a pessimist. I used to be hyped on them solely because of the potential they have; however, I have seen too many fail to educate students due to being run like a business rather than a place of education.
The money issue is a big one. As long as we have to have a product to trade for funding, GPA and graduation rates will always stay center stage. The products that teachers often point to are invalidated by funding agencies because of claims of subjectivity or complexity. Even more so, the true quality of education to me is best seen years after the student has left the school through the actions for good that he or she does for/in the community.