Tag Archives: social studies

Unfunded Mandate? Let’s Do Pre-K Right in Maine!

An opinion piece in today’s Bangor Daily News expresses concern that despite good intentions LD1530 – the bill to require preschool access to four year-olds living in Maine by  school year 2018 – 2019 – is seriously flawed. A key problem in the bill is that funding is not clear for the program. This bill […]

Global Education: of core importance

We live in an age when pundits, presidents, business leaders, and the general public alike extol the importance of global education. Yet the curriculum in most of our elementary and middle level public schools in Maine consigns social studies and geography to the category of second-rank subjects, and views world languages as a ‘frill.’ The […]

Taking the Fun Out of School

For a lot of kids it’s not much fun going to school these days. Many schools have cut recess. Lunch lasts twenty minutes at best. The arts, languages, physical education, and social studies all occupy  positions on the back burners. Teachers avoid project-based learning. Taking the fun out of school is a mistake. We lose […]