Sometimes I can go on a tear and have something that I want to write about here at the Exchange just about every single day. Then we have a stretch like this recent one, where I go missing for a week and a half. What’s brought me back is another number. The number is 15,800,000,000.
Throw a dollar sign at the front of that number and you get $15.8 billion. That’s the dollar figure put on the cost of aligning state standards to the new Common Core, according to the Pioneer Institute, a nonpartisan research group.
Education reform, Common Core, NCLB, Race to the Top, Bill Gates, Waiting for Superman, STEM. That’s barely scratching the surface of what seems to me to be a fundamentally flawed process in trying to fix what people think is wrong with education in America today. When was the last time someone came into your classroom and asked, “Mailbox teacher, what do you think we need to do to improve public school education in America?”
So I’m asking you. And I can’t wait for your answer.