Criticisms of the Standards Movement
Marzano and Kendall (1996) describe the following issues, which were raised
by critics of the standards movement:
- "Resources. Some saw the standards movement as a major
drain on resources that should be used for more pressing needs such as basic
- "Educational Apartheid. Other critics saw the standards
movement as another burden that would be placed on the shoulders of those
who traditionally do not do well in schools."
- "Standards as New Attempts at Previous Failed Reforms. Still
others saw the standards movement as a thinly veiled attempt at a type of
educational reform that had been tried a number of times before."
- "Content. In addition to its association with the flawed
efficiency and behavioral objective movements of the past, the standards movement
received a fair amount of criticism for the very content it promoted. Perhaps
the lowest point in the standards movement was the debate over the history
standards. . . . To date, the history standards have not recovered from the
negative public perception generated by [Lynne] Cheney's criticisms."
- "Volume of Material. Perhaps the ultimate criticism of
the national efforts to establish standards was the charge that, once developed,
they were simply too cumbersome to use."
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