Top-Down “Standardization”: Common Core and ACA based on flawed ideas

Common core is a super hot topic that has a great deal in common with the major healthcare issues facing the public today.

The first commonality is a major misconception in the concepts of standardization as a mechanism for leveling the playing field. Standardized goals do not secure any kind of improvement of a profession or a students education alone. The delivery of the subjects and services are the ultimate arena to be measured but not in examinations. Testing cannot measure the goals of the assessed, it measures some of the attainment of specific skill sets and much of concept awareness, but not the poorly assesses the application of that accumulated knowledge (wisdom). The benefits must be measured in outcomes, eg. for students; better students, better job candidates, better college candidates, better vocational training candidates and for Physicians: better health outcomes for patients, reduced cost of care, better return to work and productive status for patients, recovery of the health activities of daily living, reduction in pain, etc.

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