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‘Flexibility,’ or throwing the baby out with the bath water?

Posted: November 15, 2013 11:02 a.m.
Updated: November 18, 2013 5:00 a.m.

I’ve been doing this work for a long time, almost 39 years. I’ve seen probably every educational fad, movement, silver bullet, innovation, reform, program and change you can think of, and then some. The flavor of the month in South Carolina is elimination of minimum standards and quality control in the name of “flexibility.” This “reform” comes up every so often as the grand solution to solve all of our problems. On the surface, it’s not a bad concept. But because it’s rarely done with some level of measure or common sense, it usually falls on ...


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