Thursday, May 18, 2017

Someone is driving the curriculum in Seattle Public Schools and it’s not educators, parents or the school board | Seattle Education

Someone is driving the curriculum in Seattle Public Schools and it’s not educators, parents or the school board | Seattle Education:

Someone is driving the curriculum in Seattle Public Schools and it’s not educators, parents or the school board

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Shortly after publishing a post titled The Seattle school board is asking the question: Where should technology fit into the education of K-12 students? on how the school board wanted to deliberate and have a conversation on the role of technology in Seattle public schools and therefore hold off on large purchases of computers and software, the board voted the next week to buy laptops for half of the students in seven schools.
What will be on the laptop is anyone’s guess.
The curriculum for Seattle Public Schools is overdue for a review and has not been done by the school board. The reason for this delay is because the staff involved with curriculum within the Seattle Public School administration has been dragging their feet.  My guess is that the software  installed on these laptops will have the narrow focus of the Common Core Standards with its concomitant testing and whatever else someone decides to upload to the computers but at this time, it’s anyone’s guess.
At Middle College high school in Seattle with a mostly minority population, a software called Edgenuity was installed for students. The focus of the school is theoretically on social justice. Now there are complaints by students and staff that the software Someone is driving the curriculum in Seattle Public Schools and it’s not educators, parents or the school board | Seattle Education:

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