Parents Be Aware of This New Education Reform Word: Metacognitive

Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 8.47.01 AMWhat do you think of when you hear the words “non-cognitive?” When it comes to education, this is what non-cognitive means:

“Refers to a set of attitudes, behaviors, and strategies that are thought to underpin. Success in school and at work, such as motivation, perseverance, and self-control…”

As a parent, that definition worries me when thinking about how education reformers have made non-cognitive skills a part of what K-12 education is going to be about from now on.

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The new “replacement” bill for No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is called Every Student Succeeds Act and has cemented this into law.

I wrote about this in an article about David Conley, from Oregon, here and also here. Conley has changed the word non-cognitive to “metacognitive” and here is what is tracked when looking at metacognitive details:

  • personality and motivational factors;
  • experiential and contextual intelligence;
  • social skills and interests; and
  • adjustment and student perceptions.

Another fascinating tidbit:

“..need to know much more about how students manage the learning process, and how their beliefs about themselves as learners affect their ability to understand and retain content knowledge. By elevating noncognitive information to an equal position relative to content knowledge, we may find the missing link needed to close the achievement gap more rapidly and effectively for the many students who possess the cognitive ability to improve their capacity to learn, but are limited by a lack of effective learning strategies and the appropriate mindset. As a first step down this road, educators, researchers, and policy leaders must be willing to rename “noncognitive measures” as “metacognitive learning skills.” 

PBIS, which every school has thanks to Obama and his pen and phone (many schools had PBIS before this, though), makes sure that tracking attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs will go beyond the classroom to anything a child does while in a brick and mortar school and probably beyond.

Next time someone tells you that No Child Left Behind has been “replaced by a much better bill,” refer them to this article, please.

Macey France

Oregon PolitiChick Macey France is co-founder of the Stop Common Core in Oregon and is working with parents across the state to educate and help them to learn how to advocate for their children's education. Macey has spoken at many Common Core informational meetings across the state of Oregon. Macey's articles on Common Core have been picked up by various news outlets and she has been a guest on many radio shows across the nation. Macey's article about The Bluest Eye was featured on a panel on Al Jazeera America and was nominated for a CPAC Blogger Award for Best Sunlight Post of 2013. Macey is a strong conservative with libertarian leanings, making her more of a "conservatarian." Preserving the constitutional and moral values of that this great nation was founded on for her children is her priority. She is a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in elementary school. As a mom who has always been interested in politics, religion and all of the taboo subjects, she has always had a lot to say about the state of the nation. When she realized the Common Core Standards were not only bad news for children but a government coup over education, she decided to fight back and is now considered one of the nation's leading experts on all-things-Common Core. When she's not having uncomfortable arguments with strangers on Facebook she can be found spending time with her husband of 15 years and two sons. Find Macey France on Facebook and Twitter: @MaceyFrancePC

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