And history isn’t important. . .

Current state of education in NYC:

  • English Language Arts (ELA)–very important. Tested each year. Can’t pass grades 3, 5 or 7 if you are severely below grade level. Grammar rules are not taught so students’ mechanics continue to hinder their ability to express themselves.
  • Mathematics–equally important. Tested each year. Can’t pass the grade if you don’t pass the test.
  • Science–now a required test in grade 4 and 8. Will become a promotional criteria this year, I believe.
  • Social studies–a test exists in grades 4 and 8. It is not a promotional criteria, and in many schools it is combined with English Language Arts. That means if we read a novel dealing with a historical era, we have studied that time period. Basically, I call it “history lite.”

I wonder if it’s the same way in South Carolina. Maybe that’s why this happened?

Hat tip to Laurie for this gem.


About jaimeanne

I'm me. Graphic designer extraordinaire, urban master teacher of social studies, former adjunct professor, high school principal, and now most importantly-- Mom to the cutest little girl ever. I try to live by the quote, "Work like you don't need money, Love like you've never been hurt, And dance like no one's watching." I believe in Christ, and sometimes I'm just trying to figure out what He wants me to do. This blog chronicles that journey.
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4 Responses to And history isn’t important. . .

  1. chellie says:

    what?!?!? Holy crap… can she say that again?
    ok… now I’m speechless.

  2. Jaime's Mom says:

    That was a lot of nothing. How embarrassing for her!

  3. John Taber says:

    From the Miss South Carolina USA site:

    “Secondly, Caitlin is a talented artist with a focus in the area of graphic design. She has received “Star Student” awards in both Photoshop and Advertising Design. . . . Her career goals include earning a four-year Graphic Design degree. Ultimately Caitlin aspires to create special effects for television and movies.”

  4. jaimeanne says:

    A worthy goal for dear Caitlin. I’m sure she does very well with the arts.

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