Ivory Tower Squabble EST 2011. WINDMILL SURVIVOR
I had many a talk about curriculum with our Superintendent about the 'choices' they made for reading materials and films over glasses of wine. We are good buddies, her DD and my DS are the same age and they even dated a little while way back so we have had some real open, candid talks.I still remember watching that film in grade school. Why did they think it was a good idea to show us that?
One of my pet peeves is some of the elementary chapter books that are chosen for classroom reading assignments. The kids dog dies in a race and kid carries dead dog over finish line... Kid locked in a shed a chunk of her life and so forth. My DD was assigned by her classroom teachers 3 years in a row (she was an advanced reader) Anne Frank story and report. The 3rd time I said NO! Enough now.
Like Disney Films they gold metal books or classics all seem to revolve around sadness and tragedy at a very young school age. Wonder why a chunk of kids don't enjoy reading look at what is mandated for them to read. I could get my kids easily to read Wimpy Kids, Tree House, Goosebumps, Judy Blume, June B Jone type books. Light hearted and funny. Don't get the need to depress the heck out young kids with deep meaning, soul saddening novels. rant over