Monday, November 07, 2005

Is the system collapsing under the weight of it all?

This year alone you can add to your curricular pile...obesity, bullying, intelligent design, and now.....middle school foreign language requirements? (according to this morning's Indy Star)

What would you like us to leave out?

Of course you don't want us to leave anything out.

It's all important isn't it?


At Tuesday, November 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But...but...but foreign language should be taught in middle school. Heck, it should be started in elementary school and be mandatory.

Just my two cents worth --


At Tuesday, November 08, 2005, Blogger Indiana Public School Superintendent said...

To my way of thinking you are right Elizabeth.

The dilemma of course is that society never eliminates any curricular demands...only piles on more.

At Tuesday, November 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a middle school arts teacher I ran into all kinds of problems with middle school foreign language, the biggest thing being the teachers scaring the kids about all of the foreign language they'd need to get into college. To fit Spanish 2 into their 8th grade schedule, they drop music. That's not right, either.

I agree that kids learn language easier at younger ages. But they're also KIDS, and should get to do all kinds of those non-"core" classes without pressure.

At Wednesday, November 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does it help ease the balancing of requirements if the schools have a 7-period day? My son is in 8th grade. He has a 7-period day. The interesting thing is he has spanish, algebra, physical science, language, social studies and advanced art five days a week. He is in the honors bands and/or jazz band (I haven't figured out which it is) 3 or 4 days a week. On the days he does not do band he has p.e.

This is a very good schedule. The reason I am not concerned about the limited amount of time in p.e. is he also plays sports. I would worry about other children, not as active, only having p.e. one day a week or only for a 6-week rotation during the year.

Oh, I am all in favor of eliminating "feel good" programs that pull children out from academic classrooms -- dare, great, etc.



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