In his 2022 memoir, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson wrote that if he was in charge of education policy in North Carolina, students wouldn’t learn science or social studies until after the fifth grade.
Teachers in these grades would focus only on reading, writing, and math, he wrote, to improve the state’s low testing scores in those subjects.
That’s a terrible idea, teachers say.
Science and social studies help students read, they don’t distract them from it.
“A lot of students don’t do well in reading because they’re not motivated to read because they don’t read things that are interesting to them,” John Davis, a fourth grade teacher at Club Boulevard Elementary School in Durham, said.
“I’ve had some dramatic results with teaching students that feel marginalized in society if they see themselves reflected in social studies or students who don’t like to read, but they’re really into science.”
He added: “I have a kid in my classes, he just loves frogs. If I want to motivate him to read, I’m going to give him a book about frogs.” Read the full article here!
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