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Jacqueline Henry wrote:
> 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 onto.  
> 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.

AASL, ALA, and other organizations can publish all the standards they 
want. The only ones that count, though, are those published by our own 
Boards of Education, our own States, and the Federal government, since 
they are the only ones with the force of law. The standards AASL 
develops _MAY_ eventually be written into law, but until that actually 
happens, they are only suggestions. They may be good suggestions, but 
they are still only suggestions. Use what actually works best for you.

David Lininger, kb0zke
MS/HS Librarian
Skyline MS/HS
Urbana, MO 65767
(417) 993-4226
t s s 0 0 3 @ t n p dot m o r e dot net

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