Last week, I conversed with a parent concerned about the education that her seventh-grade daughter is receiving in one of the "finest" public schools in one of the "finest" school districts in the United States.
The account I received was beyond disconcerting.
It was dismaying!
The student, dedicated to learning and enrolled in the gifted and talented program, returned from a week's absence due to illness and inquired of the teacher as to what work needed to be completed. The teacher chirped, "Oh, there's nothing to make up. The class spent all last week watching The Lorax."
The film The Lorax, based on the book of the same title, is eighty-six minutes long. Apparently, the class discussed the film in class, but no written work was assigned.
The situation did not involve a flu epidemic with too many absences for the teacher to forge ahead, nor die the situation involve a substitute in charge of the class for the week. Therefore, I have to wonder if spending an entire week on this film was part of county-approved program of studies.
These two bits of information (HERE and HERE) may provide clues as to why an "advanced" seventh-grade class spent an entire week on The Lorax.
America is turning into an idiocracy, and public education is one means to attaining that particular type of dystopia, defined as a society characterized by human misery — in this case, a dystopia characterized by miserable mindlessness.
Additional reading of possible interest: Marxism in Education: Infiltration of Our School Systems by the Common Core Standards.