Thursday, February 04, 2010

Oh Dear -"50% of our children are below average" - North Carolina Schools May Cut Chunk Out of U.S. History Lessons

Too stupid for words North Carolina Schools May Cut Chunk Out of U.S. History Lessons:
He may be the president who governed during the Civil War, freeing the slaves, but under a new curriculum proposal for North Carolina high schools, U.S. history would begin years after President Lincoln, with the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877.

State education leaders say this may help students learn about more recent history in greater depth.

"We are certainly not trying to go away from American history," Rebecca Garland, the chief academic officer for North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, told Fox News. "What we are trying to do is figure out a way to teach it where students are connected to it, where they see the big idea, where they are able to make connections and draw relationships between parts of our history and the present day."

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.
Come on.

A trained monkey could make our revolution interesting - and all that followed in the next 100 years, including the Civil War, emancipation of the slaves and all that.

And the plan is to dump yet more money into the cesspool of education run by educrats for anything but the meaningful education of that other 50%. North Carolina, in which the governing Democratic apparatus is tied deeply to the teacher's union NCAE (NC Association of Educators), limits charter schools to 100 for the whole state and has all these silly educational mandates on what needs to be taught to pass end of grade exams. Leave out the first 100 years after the American Revolution? Might as well try to teach chemistry without mentioning carbon or health without teaching about anything below the waist.

Too stupid for words.

And that "50%" reference? See here.

UPDATE: A good teacher hammers this nonsense History by Dummies.

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