a reply to: DontTreadOnMe
I've been out of K-12 going on 5 years now, but I heard rumors as to what my school now teaches.
When I was there, cursive was made optional in 2nd grade; most of us opted to use chicken scratch (or, a hybrid language between the two). 5th grade,
we had to learn band, "music", and choir. Middle school still had the typical classes, but in our case, we had a block devoted to various "shop"
mechanics (for example, I worked with plastic molds, programming, how to write checks and maintaining a check book, use a simple CNC for small items).
Highschool had three special classes:
1. Global Awareness I & II (History credits) - These classes were devoted to the dark side of history (aka, the stuff we talked about on ATS all the
time - also known as Conspiracy Hour 101).
2. Honors-Level Science classes: All 4 of my high school years were spent with these long classes; I got to see how all of the maths and sciences
interacted with each other, as opposed to seeing them all separate.
3. Research - Here, I got special blocks in the day to run scientific experiments. You did one project a year, and had to go through all the steps of
the scientific method. At the end of the year, you presented your findings, and made a college-level presentation complete with a paper. 4 projects
total by the end of the year. That class, if any of them, prepped me for the real world.
Now, from what I've heard: The classes at the middle school and high school became more "structured" since I left. There's been cut back on classes
that allow one a "break" (music, art, programming). The hands-on research class became a worthless AP course (where you are taught how
to do an
experiment rather than doing
it; and it's one course for one year, not 4 year's worth of courses). They also increased the typical school day
I'm glad I got out when I did - because after my grade left, thing's went downhill quickly.