We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Rugg proposed “new materials of instruction” that “shall illustrate fearlessly and dramatically the inevitable consequence of the lack of planning and of central control over the production and distribution of physical things. . . . We shall disseminate a new conception of government—one that will embrace all of the collective activities of men; one that will postulate the need for scientific control and operation of economic activities in the interest of all people; and one that will successfully adjust the psychological problems among men.”
My kids are in middle school. I never understood why there is no history class, but they do have a social studies class. And in social studies they seem to spend a lot of time coloring maps...which is really geography. Which I am cool with. I think everyone needs a good foundation in basic geography!
Beyond that, I am not sure what the point of social studies is...it sounds like a mishmash of history of non-European groups. They learn a heck of a lot about Africa, it seems.
I had my 7th grader complain last year that he knew nothing about World War II and wished he did. Shouldn't 12-year-olds have a basic historical knowledge? One would think.
I was in elementary school with the Dick and Jane books. I desperately wanted to learn to read, but Dick and Jane just didn't do it. During the summer between first and second grade, my mother pulled out her old McGuffey Readers and began to teach me.
Within a month, I was on to the Second and Third Readers and never looked back. Because of the McGuffey Readers, all throughout elementary school, I always read 3-4 levels above my age.
I'm convinced that the Readers (plus growing up hearing the Book of Common Prayer every Sunday) are what made studying English literature in high school and college such a pleasure.