Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill

Teachers' Letters to Bill Gates

Chapter 8 – The World of Work


What “college and career ready” really means


“College and career ready” is one of your ed reform slogans that’s repeated ad nauseam.  Your way of achieving this goal is to use the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which you pretty much single-handedly funded, to train all US students to think a certain way.  You argue that this will make them more competitive in an increasingly globalized economy.  In doing so, English-language arts and math curricula are narrowing and becoming uniform, and schools, more than ever before, are turning into test prep factories.

In contrast to your vision, which centers on preparing students for high-stakes tests, as an experienced educator of English-language learners, I find Mission Hill’s interpretation of “college and career ready” to be developmentally appropriate and much more engaging than what ed reform, through its CCSS package, is offering.


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