Sunday, February 14, 2010
When did English class become “Language Arts”? Why must there be a separate class for “Reading”?
When I was in school (back in the Dark Ages), it was called “English Class”, and included diagramming sentences, identifying dangling participles, as well as reading literature.
I've voiced my concern about the quality of our schools before. It's not going downhill anymore. It has now crashed, broken at the bottom of the hill, headfirst in a snowpile.
My daughter has an assignment to do a book report. The teacher wants the students to draw several scenes from the book, and put it together in picture-book style. She wanted them to do the picture-book as if they were making it for a first grader. Those were her exact instructions. It was on the assignment handout sheet.
This is junior high school. They're using crayons and glue for book reports. Way to prepare them for college!
I'm not alone here either. The Gormogons did a very nice job summing it up here.
Want to hear the best part??? My daughter came home with a list of vocabulary words to study and use in a sentence. One of these words was “vagabond”. You want to know how the teacher was pronouncing it?
What is that? Super glue for the hoo-hoo?
So, all you ladies out there, have a Happy Valentine's Day, and don't forget your VAJ-a-bond!!