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Sunday, July 29, 2012

What Might Einstein Say About Common Core Standards?

The description of common core standards and who we are becoming as a society....predicted by
How Albert Einstein might possibly react to the "one-sized fits all" curriculum and high-stakes assessments beginning in kindergarten:

I have been asked to examine the New Jersey Core Curriculum Science Content Standards, and am amazed a child manages to get to Kindergarten without hating science. The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives--and you've managed to create little adult clones......

....Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.  What has happened to the concept of kindergarten, literally the "garden of children"? Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.

 He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed. Look at the madness of your standards.  It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

Read more on Einstein's "common core" theory at doyle-scienceteach.blogspot.com

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