From Paul Horton (Ed has now read Horton & says he's completely right), I discovered that the AAAS wrote standards for social studies that are based on social science. I had no idea. Seeing as how the AAAS also endorsed CMP, I question whether its social science standards would be embraced by social scientists, but who knows.
In any event, glancing through the site, I found this standard for teaching social change:
Peaceful efforts at social change are most successful when the affected people are included in the planning, when information is available from all relevant experts, and when the values and power struggles are clearly understood and incorporated into the decision-making process. 7D/H5** (SFAA)That, in a nutshell, is the problem with Common Core as with nearly all reform efforts.
The policy elites who created and funded Common Core did not speak to parents, did not avail themselves of information "from all relevant experts," and did not trouble themselves to clearly understand and incorporate the existing values and power struggles into the "decision-making process."
So now they've got a parent uprising on their hands.
Parent and teacher.
(Which apparently is unnerving even to the richest man in the world.)
This reminds me of one of my favorite war stories. I'm sure I've told it before, but it bears repeating.
Back when the then-administration was trying to implement the "middle school model," Ed was leading the charge to head it off. I say 'leading the charge,' but in fact he was an army of one. (I was manning the Parents Forum.) All the other parents were upset, and rightly so, because the school was drastically shortening lunch break so students could attend "advisory" first thing in the morning.
In the end, the middle school model was delayed for one year -- Chris's last in the school -- and implemented the year after.
Anyway, during the board meeting at which that particular parent uprising took place, Ed sparred with our now-curriculum director* on the question of teaching all subjects as one, which was the selling point of the middle school model as far as the administrators were concerned. Once we had the middle school model, subjects would no longer be taught in isolation.
At some point, Ed said: "I've been a disciplinary specialist for 25 years.
And RK said: "Have you ever thought maybe that's your problem?"
When Ed got home, he told me the administration was on a civilizing mission.
*That particular story, in our school newsletter, is now inoperative. RK will remain as curriculum director. I'm very fond of RK, btw. I disagree with her on most things educational, but she's smart, determined, and often funny. Plus she's a survivor. I like survivors.