Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Just When You Think Standards Can't Get Any Lower


A nearby high school has instructed its English teachers to toss out the literature books and teach only from packets provided by a well known test preparation company.

Schools might now be judged by how well their students are doing on SATs so doing well on these exams is all that matters.

Education be dammed! Make your school look good. That is all that matters.

6 comments:

Pogue said...

And the experiments continue.

Anonymous said...

Totally not surprised!! You realize that this will result in a generation of teachers that will become stupid because they no longer have to create meaningful lessons. All you need is a test prep book and answer key.

Schoolgal

Anonymous said...

A local middle school, at one time one of the best (if not the best) in NYC has instructed its English teachers to give back the anthologies. They are no longer teaching English literature, but are teaching from packets. The kids do "independent reading". This is supposedly because they have been ordered to use that absurd Columbia University Reading and Writing program. What anti intellectual garbage!! This is just more social engineering imposed on our society by "the powers that be". The teachers won't be the only "stupid" people around. With "stupid" citizenry, the government can do what it wants; democracy depends on an informed electorate, not an ignorant one.

JUSTICE not "just us" said...

"Every time I hear the word culture I reach for my guns."

Herman Goring

Ms.Tsouris said...

Do you mean Hermann Goering, commander of the Luftwaffe in WWII?
What a guy!!

JUSTICE not "just us" said...

Yes. Those "zanny Nazis"!
To think that burning books is way to keep warm. Some people never learn.