Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The State of the Standards

Here's something to make your bright spring day just a little gloomier: the Fordham Institute's annual report card on academic standards across the country.

The State of State English Standards 2005

The State of State Math Standards 2005

The State of State Science Standards 2005

At least these reports give you something to say when someone insists that homeschooled children don't get to use the equipment schools have in their science labs. (Which, by the way, is false.) So our local school has some wonderful donated expensive stuff sitting in the chemistry classroom. Is it doing the kids any good? Let's look at the Texas science standards and see what they're actually learning in that class with the great lab equipment ... What's this? It looks like "the writers of the physical science sections know very little of the subject beyond the fourth-grade level." Oh, look, the little darlings are being asked to write a job application from the perspective of an isotope. In their high-school chemistry class. Oh well, at least they have those lovely microscopes...

As usual, we Texans b0w our heads and thank God for Alabama.


Blogger Renee said...

Perhaps you should thank God for Arkansas or Kentucky since Alabama ranked 3rd and 4th in English and Math respectively.

The link to the Science standards didn't work for me.

11:10 AM  
Blogger The Opinionated Homeschooler said...

Noted; as you can see from my post, I was looking primarily at the science standards. Link fixed.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a comment on this topic, but did you see the latest Catholic Spirit? Specifically, the guest column by Lisa Bintrim on school finance? I'm so mad. The column is a slap in the face of every Catholic school teacher, every Catholic school student, every parent who's paying for Catholic schools, and every homeschooler in the diocese. Yep, WE don't have our kids in the public schools because THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS DON'T HAVE ENOUGH.....[drum roll, please]... $$$MONEY$$$.

And we need to pay more taxes and fees so immigrant kids can receive a mediocre public school education, and get thoroughly indoctrinated into the secular American culture.
--from a fellow St. Mary's parishoner who's a little grumpy because she went back to work this year to support her family's Catholic schooling habit, and who supports homeschoolers.[I know the grammar's off, but I've given up good grammar for Lent.]

6:12 AM  

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