Meier: Did you know that teachers in the United States are at the very top when it comes to the number of hours they spend directly working with children? By top, of course, I mean bottom. They teach far, far more hours a week and weeks a year than teachers elsewhere.


Casey: Shouldn't we take on directly "test and punish" accountability, rather than be diverted into a crusade against the common core?


Meier: As long as we see standards as 'The Standards' we will face this danger—and especially if who is right/wrong is based on impact on test scores designed by the same people who have mandated the standards.


Casey: Could it be that if we focused on the actual standards, the extravagant claims that are made against the common core would be impossible to sustain?


Meier: Teaching "to" a prefabricated curriculum ... and thus also to the test that comes along with it cannot lead to the kind of feistiness that a good school should be an exemplar of.


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