1. Absolutely wonderful. Here in Texas, our education "leaders" have become convinced that
robotic, identical, scripted instruction where every teacher of US History is on page 231 of the text on the 80th day of class and is administering the identical 20 multiple choice questions in exactly 25 minutes.
This nightmare, which ignores differentiation, learning styles, child development, and all other factors related to instruction, is called CSCOPE, and is a "guaranteed and viable curriculum" in which every child receives the exact same classroom experience, no matter whose classroom, no matter which child.
25% of our district teachers left last year over this issue, which resulted in a new bonus structure this year - you get a thousand dollars each semester you don't quit. Nicely, positive, eh? And they're asking now in February for teachers to tell them if they are quitting so they can begin recruiting now.
The state lege is questioning it a bit now, mainly because the head of the House Education Committee was told that she could not see any of the CSCOPE curriculum at all, just shut up and keep paying millions for it.
So perhaps progress is in sight.
I noticed the same thing Kurt did, although I teach in high school - the kids ARE the same kids each year!