American Standards: Quality Education in a Complex World, the Texas Case

American Standards: Quality Education in a Complex World, the Texas Case

American Standards: Quality Education in a Complex World, the Texas Case

American Standards: Quality Education in a Complex World, the Texas Case

Synopsis

American Standards provides a greatly needed critical review of the Texas standards and accountability model as it effects students and teachers in public schools and higher education. As standards and accountability in education are promoted nationwide, American Standards provides a conversational and scholarly critique of standards in general, and specifically the incredible twenty-year-old Texas phenomenon promoted by the presidential campaign of George W. Bush.

Excerpt

Joe L. Kincheloe

Recently, I was sitting in a meeting about educational standards in New York City listening to the usual litany of concerns about the subject. Almost asleep in my familiarity with the standards and standard clichés, I was startled awake by a reference to Texas. As a southerner who is sensitive to educational reference to the motherland, I carefully listened as a school leader spoke with great reverence about the “Texas model.” Not accustomed to hearing “Yankees” speak so positively about anything remotely connected with Southern education, I marveled as the spokesperson waxed eloquent about the brilliant success Texas had achieved via the state's standards reform. He wanted New York—yes, New York—to emulate the Texas model and share in the educational glory of the innovative Texans.

It was at that point that I knew I would have to be involved in a book on the Texas standards reform. When my friend, Ray Horn, called to tell me about what was happening in Lone Star pedagogy, I suggested we collaborate on a project. Ray put together the entire project in no time. The subject of the Texas reforms is timely, he understood, and demanded immediate attention. As Donnya Stephens, Sharon Spall, and Sandra McCune describe in chapter 14, the nation is carefully watching the Texas reforms. Speaking on the standards movement in various locales in the nation over the last year or so, I have been amazed by the numerous references my audiences make to the Texas case and the almost universally positive view they hold of it. I thought I was going to have to run from one audience member in the Midwest when I questioned the . . .

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