Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: 12/14

It’s noon somewhere! Before you rustle up some vittles, take a moment to answer today’s lunchtime poll.  You’ve been asked to serve on a committee to form a national curriculum for elementary aged students.  You are allowed to contribute one skill to the curriculum.  What do you choose, and why?

By Ophelia Payne

Editor in Chief of Persephone Magazine, Ophelia spends most of her time in front of a monitor. She writes long, rambling emails in her free time.

2 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: 12/14”

How to diagram a complex sentence. I think most of what kids need to learn to be good writers can be taught in elementary/middle school, before they start reading literature and exploring the more thematic and esoteric sides of English. I don’t always remember the exact names of parts of speech, but that’s ok, because most of what I know now is intuitive, learned from going over and over sentences and figuring out what belonged where.

I would say creating and understanding graphs. I’m pretty sure it’s already part of the 7821466 tests that elementary school students have to take, but I think it’s a skill that is useful at every grade level (and obviously you would ad complexity to the graphs as the child aged) and draws upon a number of different skills beyond straightforward arithmetic.

My overall education philosophy: Trust teachers, use fewer standardized test.

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