April 28th, 2008


Standards-based Education

I was assigned to sub in a 4th-grade regular ed classroom today, covering for a teacher who had a last-minute absence. Not a problem, it happens from time to time.

The language arts lesson was a story called "The Gold Rush," an "expository non-fiction" piece. My reaction, when I saw this, was, "oh, crap! A 'covered wagon' story." Kids here know nothing about history. Nothing. If there were a word for less than nothing, that's actually how much they know. Collapse )