Monday, February 09, 2015

Yet another reason I homeschool

Check out these social studies questions from Wisconsin--theoretically one of the top five states in the nation for educational achievement.  It's supposed to be a test on recognizing different political movements, but really ought to be named "how to stereotype and ignore the real issues."

One would figure that teachers would at least get their own political persuasion right, instead of a pitiful caricature, but apparently not.  And one would also figure that a teacher who had spent some time in Madison during college ought at least to quote Marx correctly in questions about Marxism, but that dream is dashed on the hard rocks of reality (near Superior I believe, or perhaps in the Dells) as well.

If that's as good as public education gets, I think I'll keep homeschooling, thank you very much.


Anonymous said...

The purpose of social studies (I hate that term; it should be civics) is to study the method of government of one's country. That isn't a social studies quiz. This is pathetic.

OK, you just affirmed it for me -- particularly on the days when I am ready to sell the kids, LOL :-) -- yet another reason I, too, homeschool!

Bike Bubba said...

At your service, and welcome here!

And on the light side, I think the weird nature of these questions proves that it is, indeed, social studies and not civics that is taught in schools today. You captured the heart of the issue there!