Chaos Theory, Twitter and the Common Core

Karl Fisch, Reconciliation Commission of Canada, May 14, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Karl Fisch captures the fallacy of the Common Core with one short post. He observes, referencing chaos theory, "When the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future." Small microscopic changes in initial conditions result in large changes in outcome. Given this, he asks, "By trying to standardize on a common core curriculum to assure equality of preparation, aren't we ignoring what we know about dynamic systems?" To the point: "there's no possible way to standardize enough to prevent wildly different outcomes... we can't possibly use a controlled curriculum to pre-determine the outcomes."

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