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You talking content or delivery or a little bit of both? Personally, I like the agrarian calendar-- a time to work and a time to play. What I see at the lower levels (elementary/jr high) is that in an attempt to cover everything somebody thought needed to be covered, the students learn nothing. My experience in a collegiate setting tells me that it doesn't get better in high school. When a student who has supposedly "mastered", i.e. has a"C" or average grade in College Alegbra cannot cipher that a+b=c is the same as a=c-b, then you have a major issue in a problem solving class (and with student evaluations). So, I have issues with content. What happens when a valedictorian bibliophile has a child with dyslexia and dysgraphia? We learn that spelling doesn't REALLY matter and that people learn differently and need to be tested differently. And that it takes an act of Congress to get those kids the help they need in and out of the classroom. And I have issues with delivery and testing and/or evaluation. But, I don't have any answers. Or even any ideas on where to start. Besides at home.
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May 2, 2010