Monday, September 21, 2015
So much for Social Studies in Duval County
Elementary school teachers throughout the district are being presented with a problem. They have to give a grade in a subject they either aren’t or are barely teaching and that’s social studies.
The district seems to have thrown in the towel with getting children a well rounded education and now it is teach to the test all the time as elementary school teachers are being told to only teach social studies for four out of nine weeks and then when they do to make sure it reinforces their reading lessons.
Then think about this, we are a district with a reading problem and in addition to above to solve the problem, we have gotten rid of most of our librarians, gone away from books and are working off of handouts. I have to say it seems like our strategy to fix the problem is going to make things worse not better.
First the district got rid of recess to squeeze in a few more minutes of reading and now social studies is paying the price too.