I must admit I was shocked to read today’s Kentucky Enquirer opinion piece, “A bid to remake Ohio schools.”
It’s loaded with “stuff” like,
“An “evidence-based” approach to develop new teaching formats”
“Interdisciplinary “project-based” learning”
“Teaching to “foster creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving”
Wow! It sounds so forward thinking – until you realize all of these ideas are two-decade old education fads that have been tried, without much real success, in Kentucky since 1990. It is sad that Ohioans are now so insular that they totally ignore what’s going on around them, right across their southern border.
Dropping Ohio’s graduation test, sort of an end-of-course exam, is ironic. Kentucky is debating changing from its current troubled CATS assessments – to end-of-course exams!
What Ohio’s situation really shows is the deplorable lack of decent education research to guide policymakers about what really does work in education. That problem has seen Kentucky chasing expensive education fads since 1990. Sadly, it now it looks like the same lack of data to support intelligent education choices is going to wreck havoc on the north side of the Ohio River.