Why Aren’t We Listening to Modern Educational Thinkers?: World Class Learners Blog 4

Why Aren’t We Listening to Modern Educational Thinkers?

My Prezi shows how Common Core Standards and standardized testing education is viewed in comparison to modern education reform.  One major difference is the curriculum and style of assessment.  While Common Core Standards do not require standardized testing, the education in the USA with Common Core Standards, typically uses standardized testing to assess.  With educational reform, the focus is not on the content, but the processes, which is what Common Core Standards states is what is important.  Educational reform also looks at the individual, while Common Core requires all students to be taught and assessed all standards no matter their interests.



Common core states standards intiative: Myths vs facts. (2016). Retrieved from http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/myths-vs-facts/

Common core states standards intiative: What parents should know. (2016). Retrieved from http://www.corestandards.org/what-parents-should-know/

Kelley, D. (2012 March). How to build your creative confidence. TED. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/david_kelley_how_to_build_your_creative_confidence

Meyer, D. (2010 March). Math class needs a makeover. TED. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_meyer_math_curriculum_makeover

Robinson, K.  (2006, Februrary). Do schools kill creativity? TED. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity

Summerhill-an overview. (n.d.) Retrieved from http://www.summerhillschool.co.uk/an-overview.php.

Zhao, Y. (2012). World class learners: Educating creative and entrepreneurial students. Thousand Oaks, CA:  Corwin.

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3 Responses to Why Aren’t We Listening to Modern Educational Thinkers?: World Class Learners Blog 4

  1. Jessica Hampton says:

    I like your Prezi and how you organized it to compared Reform to Common Core. The point you made from Zhao about students choosing what they learn rather than being told what to learn is supported by many other Educational Leaders. The research of both Einstein and Csikszentmihalyi present lifelong intrinsic learning as doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes (principle of FLOW) (Juliani, 2014). Juliani strongly supports learning by choice and giving students the opportunity to explore their interests. The ASCD also supports by stating that a creative and innovative curriculum emphasizes big ideas and conceptual patterns rather than discrete information taught in isolation (ASCD, 2009). I think it is very important that students get to chose what they learn to promote life long learning and higher achievement.

    ASCD (2009). Promoting creativity and innovation in the classroom. Retrieved from

    Juliani, AJ (2014). Learning by Choice. Ambler, PA: Press Learn.

    • diannawolf says:

      Giving the students choice really gives them more intrinsic motivation. I have a hard time with a lot of choice (my boyfriend will attest to this in regards to food choices), but I think we could have ideas to spark student interest, and they would still remain Intrinsically motivated.

  2. Elizabeth A Reynolds says:

    I enjoyed reading the information in your prezi. After reading a variety of information dealing with the debate concerning reforming vs common core standards, one quote kept popping by up in my mind repeatedly. “Chris Christy lambasted Common Core for bringing “only confusion and frustration”. Though the programme is still getting started, the governor seems inclined to shut it down, complaining that “instead of solving problems in our classrooms, it is creating new ones. And when we aren’t getting the job done for our children, we need to do something different,”(R.W., 2015). However over time backers say such standards are necessary, as students from different states—and even neighboring schools—often graduate with wildly different educations (R.W., 20105). I believe the key to changing education is to encourage learning to take place regardless of location, positive reinforcements of necessary skills for future learning with minimum mandatory assessments. The results of these assessments should not reflect back on the teacher nor school system, because as they stand today many educators are leaving the field due to overwork, underperforming students and low test scores. Education should be an empowering profession for teacher to continuously encourage students to be the best they can be.

    R.W. (2015). Putting a cork in Common Core. Democracy in America. Retrieved from: http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2015/06/education-reform#

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