Every so many years, there seems to be some shift in education. The pattern is inevitably uniform each time:Something is wrong in education that no one can fix. A new innovation promises to deliver the solution to wipe out this problem.
As educators, we just need to get on board with the new, shiny, and nicely packaged new solution so that are students can finally achieve.
This is the phenomenon that I have dubbed: The New Shiny Pretty.
In almost two decades as a public school educator, I have seen instructional reform models, new standards, and shifts in assessments numerous times. Each time, a new focus is lauded as the great savior of education, or the long awaited answer for the achievement gap. In fact, I have gotten pretty good at reading through the rhetoric and sorting out exactly what is just a new name for an old idea and shuffling what I used to do, to call it whatever The New Shiny Pretty has determined is the new name for what we are already doing.