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I must say that Sharon's post has really made me think & has helped me to 
understand why I feel so uncomfortable with the new standards.  I expected to LOVE 
them, because of their emphasis on twenty-first century learning.  Instead - they 
feel very "slippery" to me.  I have assumed the problem was because I have not yet 
studied them as thoroughly as I should - but perhaps there really IS little to grab 
Of course I plan to study the standards more carefully.  But what if I decide that 
I prefer the "old" standards?  Do I continue using the standards which have been 
serving my program so well?  Or am I somehow obligated to use the new standards?  I 
tend to be an early adapter - so I feel really out of my comfort zone with this 
whole issue.
I hope this post will generate a lot of discussion.  I particularly look forward to 
hearing from people who really like the new standards and have ideas about how to 
translate them into practical teaching techniques and curriculum frameworks.

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