Wasting Time in School is seeking examples of time-consuming, learning lite assignments.
For example, a Houston parent thinks memorizing a rap about pronouns is a waste of time for gifted eighth-graders who’ve mastered pronouns in elementary school.
Sit down learn it,
you don’t need a permit.
Memorize it, do it now:
Pronouns take the place of nouns.
The SUBJECT list—
It’s nothing new:
I, YOU, HE, SHE,
IT, WE, THEY, and WHO.
And it goes on. And on.
Some 80 percent of elementary teachers are women, notes the blogger.
Imagine that 80+ percent of elementary teachers were male, and that they were constantly assigning girls to design football plays or battle plans for assignments putatively related to math or social studies. Would no one raise the complaint that men were being insensitive by assigning so many projects that most girls didn’t actually enjoy or identify with, and that were barely related to any legitimate academic objective in the first place?
I was just visiting my brother’s family in Oregon after attending our sixth wedding since May. (Yes! The wedding marathon is over!) Their girls love to sit and do arts and crafts projects. Their son wants to run, climb and destroy.
Here’s Simon and Garfunkel on time: