Until this school year, 2013-2014, it was a challenge to find examples of student assignments. Now, they are all over the place. I now can prove they are indoctrinating. “They” aren’t even hiding it anymore. Another thing that causes a challenge with this piece are philosophies. The standards are the standards. It doesn’t matter if you are in Washington, Hawaii, Maine, Florida, or “the middle,” it’s all the same Also, as far as standards are standards, Bill Gates himself said, “The curriculum will line up with the tests”. What I am going to attempt is to show a few examples of current assignments from across the USA, to show you what kids in school are learning, and let you decide if it is okay with you.
Many people are very upset with the math their children are bringing home. Instead of teaching traditional algorithms, students are taught to “break apart” numbers to make them “easier” to work with and then explain how they came up with the answer. For example:
Another huge complaint is the Lattice Method for multiplying. I think you can see why.
Notice this first grade teacher is grading using a percentage. I don’t think I have ever seen that in first grade before.
Another area of concern are the lessons that go against morality and the republic. These are just a couple of samples. I see more every day. I’ll let the work speak for me.
Against the Republic:
As you can see, this goes way beyond standards. Bill Gates was correct, the curriculum will align to the tests, but so will all sorts of inappropriate things. Yesterday, Sunday, November 3, 2013, I saw a letter from a teacher that broke my heart! It is very powerful and she has given people permission to share it. After you read it, decide if this is okay with you.