Friday, February 05, 2010

They'd better be doing a GREAT job with the middle schoolers...

Like everyone else, North Carolina is worried about its children's education. But they're going to do something about it...
As the North Carolina curriculum stands now, ninth-grade students take world history, 10th-graders study civics and economics and 11th-graders take U.S. history going back to the country's founding.

Under the proposed change, the ninth-graders would take a course called global studies, focusing in part on issues such as the environment. The 10th grade still would study civics and economics, but 11th-graders would take U.S. history only from 1877 onward.
Really, why would anyone bother reading the Declaration of Independence after fifth grade? Or the Constitution? And surely they'll know everything they'll ever need to know about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and John Adams and The Civil War and the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark and Thomas Jefferson and the American Revolution before they get to high school. What could possibly go wrong?

And I bet that "global studies" course curriculum will be written by non-biased educators on both sides of the political spectrum, concerned only with teaching and having no interest in indoctrination.

Yeah. That'll work. They're going to create a generation of kids who lack the intellectual context for understanding Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure...

Remember the logic of failure?
  1. Something needs to be done.
  2. This is something.
  3. Therefore, this must be done.
How could this possibly go wrong?

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