Apparently, reading is no longer fundamental
Just this last week, my daughter had her first AIMS test (Arizona’s standardized test) – an annual week of tests on reading, writing and math. In preparation, all "superfluous" subjects – such as science and social studies – were abandoned in the weeks before hand. Failing students result in failing schools and funding being pulled. So the superfluous gets abandoned and that annoys me.
Equally as annoying is that, in a time where literacy in this country is sub-standard and schools are being forced to teach to the test thanks to the No Child Left Behind act, the Reading is Fundamental program is being targeted by the Bush administration. Last year, 4.6 million at-risk children were able to choose and keep sixteen million free books through these programs. Without funding, a mere $26 million, RIF will cease. Consider: an F-16C/D fighter will set you back $19 million and B-2 bomber can be yours for between $737 million and $2.2 billion. The USAF has ~200 of the former and twenty of the latter. Twenty-six million just doesn’t seem that much, now does it?
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[HT to bug_girl@Skepchick]