The day job has made it too hard to get to the keyboard lately, but I have been thinking about our Virginia Governor's new education initiatives and George Orwell's 1984.
Here is legislation signed into law recently in the Commonwealth: (Bold face type is the Governor's language. All else is mine.)
Standards of Learning (SOLs). Teachers and other professionals are held to the SOLs while the state agrees to hold to the SOQ's. We have not seen any slackening of SOL standards -- in fact the bar has been raised -- since 1995.
one-term limit. Let's hope the mood on education reform undergoes a major shift by then.