Traveling through the educational blogosphere, it is impossible to not come across Understanding by Design.  I must admit, that it is not something that I have studied in depth and not something that I am that familiar with.  I will get to it, eventually.

What I do know about it, I don't like.  It seems like a linear program designed to guide the learners to a pre-ordained conclusion decided on by the teacher.  It does not seem child centered, but rather planning centered.  The best unit planning template, in my eyes, is a blank piece of paper.

I don't know.  Convince me otherwise.  I don't read too many criticisms of it, just praise.  I want to hear more perspectives.