Friday, March 19, 2004

Gagging Democracy 

Letter from a teacher. You should read this.

They made a deal with Kaplan[*] and now all teachers have these cute little scripted lesson plans that they must teach verbatim and on the scheduled time frame so that our students have the basic skills to pass standardized tests. There is no literature or discussion to be had in the classroom. When I asked my principals, at the beginning of the year, when this new script would allow time for discussion, I was told "discussion has no place in the classroom." Eh??? The scary thing is that my students share this sentiment because this is how they have been taught for years."

Now go read the entire letter: And Then

*Kaplan Inc. - http://www.kaplan.com/


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