The state might as well issue books home each then let the kids do their work there.
I absolutely HATE the new schooling system. My husband is a teacher and he is thinking of retiring soon because he is so sick of everything. They actually tell the teachers to TEACH TESTING. Do they care that the kids learn and secure the knowledge in their brain? No. They care that their state testing scores are up to standard. And guess what happens if a few kids fail? That school is deemed "needs improvement" and the curriculum gets even more strict!
My husband is a history teacher for 9th graders. He used to LOVE his job. He had fun and if a kid wasn't getting it then there were plenty of other ways he could try to make sure everyone understood. That's not the case anymore. He has one lesson plan and he MUST teach it the way the school says. And to add, if the students fail the tests then the teacher is to blame. God forbid we hold a student accountable for taking their own test. It's never the student's fault nor the government's fault for anything. It's the teachers who get blamed.
Last year my husband's test grades were not up to par with the school so he was sent to a work shop to get some help. Forget the fact that he's been teaching for 20 years and traveled all over the world with the military. He probably doesn't know a thing about history or geography, right?
Well this work shop told him that every day he is to have his students read a chapter out of the history book then either do the work sheets they give him or do the questions they assigned for that chapter. How god damn boring does that sound? Is that how you want to learn when you are 14-15 years old? No. You want to have the teacher talking to you, discussing things, not reading and answering q's all day.
I just find it so maddening!