Teach the basics, show how they are applied to real world circumstance. My son is in a building class and it’s the first time he’s ever dealt with long division. He is amazed that I can add up long columns of numbers without a calculator because he was never required to memorize addition or multiplication tables.
Grammar and punctuation are simple and basic. Testing on how to diagram a sentence shouldn’t threaten any teacher - nor should reading comprehension
Science - the concepts are basic, teach those and how they apply to the world around us.
History and social studies are the dicey areas. There’s a TON of this that have happened so what the test covers would be good for the teacher to know, so I can see teaching the test concept applied there, but not 3-R’s.
August 01, 2017