I don’t mean to imply that this video fits the generally accepted definition of propaganda; I don’t find anything particularly biased or misleading. Instead, I applaud the Common Core State Standard Consortium in their attempt of tackling the huge task of informing educators about what the Common Core Standards are all about. I just wish it wasn’t so cheesy.
This is a HUGE time in education. The “powers that be” are finally giving educators standards that blend both the “what” and the “how” of education, have built in structures for students to fail (on purpose, crazy huh?), and demand that we bring real world challenges into our classroom on a regular basis. While technology will play an increasingly important role in that last idea, what will be more important is that educators be willing to let go of entrenched lessons, projects, and activities that only reinforce the “what” of education. If someone could create a piece of propaganda that speaks to the honest need for serious change in “how” we educate students, I imagine it would be much less “cutesy” than the above video.