We need to understand what we are actually prescribing to when we standardize curriculum and assessment.
Children are not widgets that simply require a better regiment of assembly line workers. Children are not interchangeable cogs that would benefit from simply being treated more like their peers.
We have to stop pretending that we can meet one learners’ needs by pretending that all learners have the same needs.
We have to stop pretending that highly prescribed curriculums and standardized testing has anything to do with good teaching and real learning.
Our fixation on quantity and control is doing a massive disservice to our children.
In the context of educating children, a proper definition of terms would have us realize that standardization serves to make the shallowest forms of teaching and superficial learning appear successful.
Teachers know this. Obviously, the pundits and many of our politicians do not.