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Richard G. Innes

Professor Houchens has highlighted some major pitfalls of weak standards such as Kentucky's current social studies standards.

The sorts of problems Prof. Houchens discusses provide excellent examples of why education standards actually need a fair amount of detail and carefully focused direction.

Properly developed standards help prevent biased, incomplete, and wrongly directed teaching. Weak standards, as we now see with the Kentucky example, can actually facilitate entry of very poor practices into the classroom.


Leftist leftist leftist, I will fight this injustice of trying to brainwash our children to think like the looting, thieving and violent movement, calling it injustice when it is not but a mob

L. Phillips

Dr. Houchen's critique on the new standards is worth consideration. While some of the questions may be used to promote a political lens/perspective, I challenge the assumption that all questions are biased towards liberal/progressive ideologies. Reconsider the following question: How can the US reduce income inequality? Income inequality is a economic measurement (neutral). To reduce this gap, X,Y,Z policy intervention can be taken. No political justification or context is needed. While I realize this may not be the critical lens intention, neutrality can be achieved.

Gary Houchens

I disagree. The question itself implies that income inequality is a problem and that it should be reduced. That is an ideological assumption.

Income inequality is a fact. Whether that is a problem or not is a worthy topic of inquiry. What if we framed the question in a number of ways: "Where does income inequality come from? What are its consequences? What would be the reasons for, and potential problems with, various strategies to address income inequality?"

Ryan W.

Thank you for this! To your point about the sources that kids are directed to for inquiry, it reminds me of the countless political Left "trainings" that I have had to sit through as a Louisville government employee whose only sources were left-wing groups like the Fairness Campaign and the ACLU. There's never any competing views presented because, like most public education today, they don't want us to think critically. They want us to think like they do.

Christopher Siegert

What nonsensical drivel. Nothing more than propaganda to diffuse critical thinking that does in fact typically lead to more progressive ideas. There's a very good reason for that, but rather than allow it to happen this individual just wants ppl to shut it down at the source, with kids being taught not to think for themselves but to be told what he and other Republican actors want you to believe. What are you afraid of? How is asking the question regarding income inequality AUTOMATICALLY going to make someone believe in the progressive version of it? Could they not come to the conclusions that you have on their own? Of course they could, but rather than risk it you just want the status quo to go untouched. Beyond pathetic. And how can someone be so disingenuous? These are posed not as Yes or No questions at all, it's all about critical thinking meaning they would be forced to think about the subject, research it, and then try to come to a conclusion. If your side is so pitiful that you think they would not end up at the same conclusion as you then what does that say about you and your petulant ideology? Kids absolutely should be taught to think for themselves, but of course modern American school systems disagree. Wonder why they're doing so "great" amongst the world in other areas? People like you pushing agendas is why we're a failure in most ways imaginable.

Gary Houchens

Ridiculous. You cannot read anything in this post, or in anything else I have written, to reasonably conclude that I want "kids being taught not to think for themselves." I refer you to another post on this topic where I argue that inquiry learning is not a problem in itself, but rather in the way the questions are framed: https://schoolleader.typepad.com/school-leader/2020/09/more-misuses-of-inquiry-learning-to-propagandize-k-12-students.html

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