It appears that there is no longer any time in the middle school curriculum for my husband to teach Tom Sawyer. The focus is on standards and test scores, and there needs to be more time for teaching students how to read technical manuals.
For years this focus on standards and test scores has whittled away at my husband's love of teaching, but this is like a swift kick to the solar plexus. Call us old-fashioned, announce that we are out of step with the needs of the next generation of students, but why is there no time for literature in a school that prides itself on excellence? Can the importance of reading technical material really and truly be more important than stories? In EIGHTH GRADE?
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.