I find it interesting that there's currently YET ANOTHER national debate going on about "what the kids need to know and when." This time they are calling it "Common Core."
From what I've read, a lot of it makes sense for things like Math and Science. But such a building block/standardized national approach is overkill when it comes to Gr 1-6 literature and history (which are more akin to Sunday School).
Re: the failure article
I wish I could take credit for those insights, but alas, I merely reported on what others have suffered to learn.
One of the truly GREAT things about this website is that good discussions, advice, and sheer screaming experience live on for others to contemplate --well past the person who posted them. And down the road the "best of" gets consolidated so it doesn't get lost (for those willing to seek and read!). Maybe that's the problem in local churches: no long term memories. We're like Israelites in the wilderness.
I remember saying when we started Rotation that "I don't know where this is headed but I can tell you it won't be backwards."