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Standardization Quotes

Standardization Quotes by Andy Hargreaves, H. L. Mencken, Marc Lamont Hill, Fredric Jameson, Erich Fromm, Walter Gropius and many others.

We need standards with flexibility, not standardization with force if we are to get the best from our teachers.
Andy Hargreaves
Pedagogues: More than any other class of blind leaders of the blind they are responsible for the degrading standardization which now afflicts the American people.
H. L. Mencken
When they say accountability, they mean surveillance and standardization.
Marc Lamont Hill
The standardization of world culture, with local popular or traditional forms driven out or dumbed down to make way for American television, American music, food, clothes and films, has been seen by many as the very heart of globalization.
Fredric Jameson
Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality.
Erich Fromm
The fear that individuality will be crushed out by the growing ‘tyranny’ of standardization is the sort of myth which cannot withstand the briefest examination.
Walter Gropius
Five coordinating mechanisms seem to explain the fundamental ways in which organizations coordinate their work: mutual adjustment, direct supervision, standardization of work processes, standardization of work outputs, and standardization of worker skills.
Henry Mintzberg
Industrial agriculture, because it depends on standardization, has bombarded us with the message that all pork is pork, all chicken is chicken, eggs eggs, even though we all know that can’t really be true.
Joel Salatin
What is a clock? Something agreed upon and arbitrarily imposed upon us. Standard time. Not true time. Symbolizing the whole standardization of our lives.
Susan Glaspell
The Americans are the living refutation of the Cartesian axiom, “I think, therefore I am”: Americans do not think, yet they are. The American ‘mind,’ puerile and primitive, lacks characteristic form and is therefore open to every kind of standardization.
Julius Evola
If you think of standardization as the best that you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow; you get somewhere.
Henry Ford
Standardization, instead of individualization. Cheap books, instead of private press editions. Active literature, instead of passive leather bindings.
Jan Tschichold
Standardized personalization=universal right to meaningful learning. Personalized standardization=flexible access to mandated learning.
Andy Hargreaves
The main differences between contemporary English and American literature is that the baleful pseudo-professionalism imparted by all those crap M.F.A. writing programs has yet to settle like a miasma of standardization on the English literary scene. But it’s beginning to happen.
Will Self
Sometimes the most brilliant and intelligent minds do not shine in standardized tests because they do not have standardized minds.
Diane Ravitch
In an age of global standardization, regional voices also remind both writer and reader that no life is lived generically. If the purpose of literature is truly, as the ancients insisted, to instruct and delight, then what better to understand and enjoy than the here and the now?
Dana Gioia
Standardization of our educational systems is apt to stamp out individualism and defeat the very ends of education by leveling the product down rather than up.
Harvey Cushing
EU expansion is, unfortunately, continuing without a constitution, as a gradual process of standardization – and that’s far more dangerous. It is very difficult to slow down this process, which is being pushed forward without significant public participation.
Vaclav Klaus
Standardization of our educational systems [which includes testing]is apt to stamp out individualism and defeat the very ends of education by leveling the product down rather than up.
Harvey Cushing
Don’t let anyone tell you that standardized tests are not accurate measures. The truth of the matter is they offer a remarkably precise method for gauging the size of the houses near the school where the test was administered.
Alfie Kohn
Cultural institutions by and large share one primary objective: herd control. Even when ostensibly benign, their propensity for manipulation, compartmentalization, standardization and suppression of potentially disruptive behavior or ideas, has served to freeze the evolution of consciousness practically in its tracks.
Tom Robbins
Obamacare imposed an unprecedented level of regulation and standardization on individual-market health insurance all across America. This has left many consumers in an intolerable predicament – in some cases, having to spend up to a third or even half of their income on premiums and deductibles before insurance kicks in.
Alex Azar
Perhaps our national ambition to standardize ourselves has behind it the notion that democracy means standardization. But standardization is the surest way to destroy the initiative, to denumb the creative impulse above all else essential to the vitality and growth of democratic ideals.
Ida Tarbell
I believe in standardizing automobiles. I do not believe in standardizing human beings. Standardization is a great peril which threatens American culture.
Albert Einstein
The standardization and specialization of industrialization was being undermined by globalization. When people in Bangladesh could produce things much more cheaply than anybody could produce them in Detroit, we no longer were the world capital of industrialization.
Grace Lee Boggs
Give the child good books, then let it alone! Don’t plough and harrow its brain, or stretch it on Procrustes-beds of standardization, simplification, and what not!
Laura E. Richards
Standardization leads to rigidity, and rigidity causes things to break.
Bill James
Individuality is either the mark of genius or the reverse. Mediocrity finds safety in standardization.
Frederick E. Crane
The enemy is every expert who practices technocratic manipulation, the enemy is every proponent of standardization and the enemy is every victim who is so dull and lazy and weak as to allow himself to be manipulated and standardized.
Tom Robbins
With production alone as the goal, industry in North America was dominated by the assembly line, standardization for mass consumption.
Arthur Erickson
Once I tried to make a standardization of staircases. Probably that is one of the oldest of the standardizations. Of course, we design new staircase steps every day in connection with all our houses, but a standardized step depends on the height of the buildings and on all kinds of things.
Alvar Aalto
I think standardization is really the first step to something being commodified.
Chuck Palahniuk
Our goal should be minimum standardization of human behavior.
Douglas McGregor