National Curriculum, Finland, and the Common Standards

By Catherine Gewertz — April 08, 2011 1 min read
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What better way to end a week than with another round of arguing about the common standards? Here some of the usual suspects take whacks at each other about whether the standards amount to national curriculum, and what any of it might have to do with Finland. (I know, it sounds odd. Just read it.)

Our blogger Rick Hess triggered the latest round of annoyed wonk responses by musing about whether the common-core crowd might be undermining its own support. (He’s the first one in this round to throw in a reference to Finland. Hess also includes a summary, as well, of a couple previous rounds of argument on this stuff. Our own is here.)

Cato’s Neal McCluskey offers a much more conspiratorial take on the common-standards evolution. The Fordham Institute’s Checker Finn drops in briefly to state that he isn’t really a big Finland lover as Hess asserts. (Like I said, you gotta read this stuff for yourselves.)

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.