Remember the three Rs – reading, writing and ’rithmetic? Get ready to add a fourth: rigor. It’s the buzzword in education. From presidents to principals, billionaires to school board members, governors to teachers, everybody seems to be promising rigor, demanding rigor, or deploring the lack of rigor in American schools.
A new approach seeks to meet demands of the modern workplace. (Just don’t call it “voc ed.”)
Critical thinking comes more easily when students feel free to ask questions without ridicule.
Scrutiny shows that these programs do set high standards and design well-aligned assessments.
Our “mile-wide, inch-deep” curricula compare poorly with other nations’ focus on fewer topics.
We asked more than 20 education experts how they defined “rigor.” Click through the slideshow below to see what they had to say.
What goes on in the brain during rigorous learning? We asked two scientists to explain.