Defy Logic, I Dare Ya!
In a district that is hell-bent on promoting literacy, does it make sense for them give our librarians, or as the more PC like to say, media specialists, the axe? Well, that's exactly what they've done. Many elementary schools are having to share a librarian between 2 schools and for the other half it is staffed by a para.
Does it make sense in a district hell-bent on promoting literacy, creating life-long learners and Relevance and Rigor in its curricula (um?) to outlaw the use of a dictionary? The person who is in charge of all the language arts teachers in the district, K-12 informed them at Friday's inservice that she had better not catch ANY of them using a dictionary in class. Because, heaven forbid high school students from taking responsibility for their own learning and actually looking up the definition of a word ... in a dictionary. She seems to think the teacher should give them the definitions in easier to understand terms. Brings to mind an image of a mama bird eating, then regurgitating what she ate into the baby birds' mouths.
Oh, and absolutely no grammar taught in isolation- no grammar worksheets whatsoever.
She claims that there is absolutely no scientific evidence that would support their use. I want to know if there is scientific evidence prooving their harm. Personally, I learned a bit of grammar from some drill and kill worksheets. Now if that's the ONLY thing a person does, then I see reason to expand, move on, do something else. But, the occasional worksheet, much like an obligatory green vegetable, is necessary.
Evidently, this woman read someone's book and now has hitched her wagon and everyone else's to its star. I think they should make their own wagon train. ( 10 points extra credit if you get the reference)