A One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Instruction Is Stifling Our Classrooms

Washington Post

To minimize gaps in teacher quality, some education reformers are pushing “scripted, one-size-fits-all” approaches to instruction. Those run counter to states’ commitment to high, comparable education standards – which foster creativity and flexibility, says Lily Howard Scott, an elementary teacher in New York. “Standards aren’t curricula that ‘dictate how teachers should teach,’ but rather a set of academic goals that teachers can reach however they like.” A “flexible, child-centered approach” helps students build on their strengths, improve in areas of need and engage, rather than “feeling like cogs in a classroom machine.”

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