In my freelance life, I’m writing a “primer” for education reporters on K-12 “rigor,” which is a hot word in education these days. I’m asking people: How do you define it? How do you measure it? Is rigor only for college-prep programs or are there rigorous ways to educate students who aren’t college-bound?
Gentle readers, feel free to jump in. What does rigor mean in your school? What should it mean?
I fear that the quest for rigor will lead to schools requiring all students to enroll in college-prep classes, which then will be dumbed-down so nearly everyone can pass. AP already is struggling to maintain its college-level cachet as more schools open classes to less capable students.