Re: Open Court
- I have been reading alot about the Open Court curriculum and it
reminds me of a conversation my husband and I had. He was one of
the first graduates that was part of the "whole language" English
curriculum. I, on the other hand, am from another state that stuck
with phonics. I love to read anything and everything. He, on the
other hand, only reads when absolutely necessary. I am an excellent
speller and prolific writer. His spelling is not very good and he
only writes when necessary. See the difference. Good old fashioned
phonics and language arts training appear, at least in my
experience, to be the most effective and least time consuming
teaching methods for our kids and teachers. I see no reason to
throw away huge amounts of money at consultants when just a little
research and real communication with our teachers is the answer. My
uncle is the head of the science dept. at the College of Education
in New Zealand. He once told me that to pay a consultant with a
masters or phd in science to tell him how to run his dept. was a
waste of money and his education. As far as he and the education
dept. of his college are concerned, that is what his phd is for.
Just my little opinion on some of the issues I've seen brought up.
But then again I am leaving the state so I guess my opinion will
matter even less than it ever did in this district.