In order to meet the standards imposed by No Child Left Behind, many school districts have moved to standardizing teaching practice. In an effort to "teacher proof" our schools, the push to make sure everyone is teaching on the same page in the same book at the same time has become a part of teacher evaluation. The idea is to make sure every child is treated the same and given the same opportunities to learn. It sounds fine on the surface, but take a peak just under this rug and you'll see the mess it covers up.
"Because all students are receiving the same information when taught with a prescribed curriculum, they should all be equally well prepared for the end of the year standardized test. Prescribed curricula also frees up some time and takes the burden of planning away from the teacher. Free of this added responsibility, teachers should be able to devote more time to grading papers or working one-on-one with students. Financially, a standardized curriculum is a good choice because it allows districts to buy and use one type of text book instead of continually replacing curriculum material or buying material to suit a particular teacher's desire."