(Guest post by Greg Forster)
The annual April Fool’s edition of the Gadfly is pretty good this year. It includes, among other things:
- A letter from a school superintendent on how to spend stimulus money (“We’re slated to get millions of dollars from this windfall, which, and I say this in an entirely non-partisan way, we should definitely remember come November 6, 2012″)
- The new Norris Is Power Program chain of learning-through-violence charter schools
- The push for 22nd Century Skills (“it’s never too soon”)
- An update on the “Narrower, Nambier-Pambier Approach to Education” initiative
That last item contains the initiative’s recommended academic standards for various subjects. In science, the standard is: “Students really just need to know that the earth is round. That debate is old enough it should be a cinch.”
A round earth, you say? Hmmmm.