In light of the adoption by Illinois of the Common Core Standards and its application and usage now at Schiller Park School District 81, this is an insightful article
The Gesell Institute of Human Development issued a statement in 2010 that was completely ignored, but its warning bears hearing.
In March 2010, the Gesell Institute released this statement. It fell on deaf ears.
The core standards being proposed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers are off the mark for our youngest learners. We at Gesell Institute call for a new set of standards for Kindergarten through Grade 3 that adhere to solid principles of child development based on what research says about how and what young children learn during the early years, birth to age eight. The proposed standards for Kindergarten through grade 3 are inappropriate and unrealistic. Policy must be set based on hard data and not on unrealistic goals surrounding test scores.
If the achievement gap is to be closed, child development must be respected and scientific research surrounding…
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