Politics And Standards In English Education
According to the article by P.L Tomas, Standards, Standards Everywhere, “Standards- driven instruction and assessment, especially concerning reading and writing, represent an oppressive system that does more to inhibit students then empower them” (Thomas, 2009, p. 64). If this is the case, why do we put so much emphasis on them instead of the students we serve in our classrooms? The process of understanding each individual that comes in and out of our classroom should be more of a priority than the standards we are being forced to teach. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate how standards can influence good teaching, but I am not for them overshadowing the students that I have in my classroom. I truly believe that standards can be beneficial in the English classroom, but I don’t believe they should overshadow the most important thing in the classroom: students. As educators, we need to be thinking about the authentic experience that reading and writing has to offer. It is important that “students read for understanding and pleasure------ the two aspects of reading that are authentic because they serve humans well throughout life.” (Thomas, 2009, p.