Arthur Camins is  director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. After reading Bill Honig’s post about Common Core in California, he wrote the following comment:


Bill Honig makes an argument to consider: Maybe there is a potential alternative to having to choose between accepting tight linkage between the Common Core State Standards and high-stakes testing or no standards at all. I argued in The Past Gets in Our Eyes(, that total opposition to standards in any form is a function of being trapped by our individualist history. In NGSS: A Wave or a Ripple (, I made a plea to not undermine the new science standards with a rush to consequential testing. Decoupling standards from expensive and destructive consequential testing systems makes them less subject to mindless prescriptive curricula and rushed implementation and thus more open to critical review, experimentation and revision. I hope California turns out to be a successful example for the rest of the nation. Is there potential for New York City’s new leadership to follow suit?