After posting a series of items on national standards on this blog, like this one, I got an email from Neal McCluskey over at the Cato Institute. There are naysayers when it comes to national standards, for sure. McCluskey, the associate director for the Center for Educational Freedom at the Libertarian institute, is among them. And remember, the nation’s initial foray into national standards was contentious and largely ineffectual.
So it’s only fair to present the counter argument. In his response to the Weingarten piece, McCluskey argues that standards do not guarantee quality. He elaborates in a handful of Op-Eds on the subject.
Feel free to add your two cents.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.