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.

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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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