Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The end of literacy in public education

You knew it was coming -- Olentangy was just ahead of the curve. According to The Christian Science Monitor, more public schools are going the way of Olentangy and adopting the latest fad trash as required summer reading.

Question: Is the issue that students do not want to be challenged and stretched, or that some -- dare I say most -- public school teachers are unable to bring the classics to life?

I assume the latter since it takes little effort to encourage students -- and almost anyone for that matter -- to read novels that address the base topics of the day.

Seems like the only benefit of public education is the creation of easy, unchallenging jobs for teachers. And, for this I am forced to pay thousands in property tax per year. Hmm?

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