You see, I have great respect for Stephen Lazar
clearly cares about America's youth-and America.
And even though I've never had the pleasure of seeing him teach, I'm certain he knows his stuff: Lazar is a National Board-certified social studies teacher at Harvest Collegiate High School in New York City.
In a blog post last week, he
discussed the Common Core State Standards and New York's draft grades 9-12 Social Studies Framework, I was nodding in agreement for most of it.
I can't blame Lazar
for not knowing this research.
Our colleges of education and professional development workshops typically do not teach it; and Lazar
doesn't have an easy job like mine in which he
can decide to dig into a topic and stay focused until a body of evidence starts to show itself.
There is a cacophony of conflicting voices out there-Daniel Willingham, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia
, wrote a whole book on how hard it is for educators to know when to trust the "experts."
Understanding that I truly want Lazar
to succeed, please allow me a friendly critique of his
Regarding any new social studies framework, Lazar
Research shows that in the hands of a master teacher-which I believe Lazar
to be-inquiry approaches can be effective.
blog post, Lazar
writes that he
wants "to spark an effective resistance to the 'laundry list approach' to social studies standards.