Quote of the Day – Bad Teaching Is Tearing America Apart

“Mr. Hirsch also takes issue with grade schools’ focus on ‘skills.’ Whether it is imparting ‘critical thinking skills,’ ‘communication skills’ or ‘problem-solving skills,’ he says such instruction is a waste of time in the absence of specific knowledge.” Quote from “Bad Teaching Is Tearing America Apart” by Naomi Schaefer Riley in the Wall Street Journal,…

Former KY Board of Education member says state’s social studies standards need work

In a rather stunning development, former member of the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) Gary Houchens, who also is a Bluegrass Institute Scholar, now agrees that: “Kentucky’s social studies standards need more work.” What makes this particularly attention-getting is that Houchens – a professor in the education school at Western Kentucky University with a background…

Maybe this is why Lincoln is NEVER mentioned in Kentucky’s social studies standards

Regular readers of this blog know I am no fan of the current edition of Kentucky’s public school social studies standards (Use the search term “Social Studies” to find many critical blogs). The state’s standards are excessively long on vague process but virtually devoid of content. The amount of important historical material that is ignored…

Quote of the Day – Regarding students’ knowledge of US History

“Students don’t know the content.” Peggy G. Carr, Associate Commissioner Assessments Division, National Center for Education Statistics Comment made on April 23, 2020 during webinar presentation of results from the 2018 National Assessment of Educational Progress in US History, Civics and Geography Added notes: Across the nation, only 15% of US eighth graders were scored…

Talk about irony! Look at what the Kentucky Department of Education posted for President’s Day!

Talk about irony! Look at what the Kentucky Department of Education posted for President’s Day! Today is #PresidentsDay2020! Did you know that one of the presidents on #MountRushmore is Kentucky's own Abraham Lincoln? Can you name the other 3⃣? Find out why each of these presidents were chosen via @NatlParkService! https://t.co/X53pWzxs5a pic.twitter.com/nMzH0zM9Pk — KY Dept…