Governance Puzzle

Diane Linn, head of the National Governors Association task-force on common education standards, says to Education Week,

“Do we take publishers’ word that the market will drive production of better curriculum materials? I don’t think so,” Mr. Linn said. “And yet, at the same time, we don’t want to create a centralized body that provides a gold seal of approval that a curriculum aligns to the [common] standards. So how do we tell people what’s good?”

Then what do state governments want? It sounds to me like Linn’s comments trend towards the status quo: a hodgepodge of education standards that are neither incentive based nor determined by authoritative oversight.

More on this later…


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