Everything in education these days is black and white, with no possible shades of grey.

Standardized tests are evil. Except when we agree with their findings. Or when they are used in research about teaching methods. Or when they highlight inequity in our society.

Lecturing to students is evil. Except when it’s coupled with peer instruction. Or when it is used to talk about peer instruction. Or when the lectures are short and have animations added. Or when the lecture is about creativity.

Common Core is evil. Except when it raises standards for students. Or when it communicates a common definition of what it means for students to do mathematics. Or when it encourages multiple ways of solving mathematical problems.