Excerpt:Â FP: Give us a brief overview of what is taking place in public schools today. Why is this happening?
Holgate: We are seeing a dramatic shift in education from â€œeffectiveâ€ education, meaning concrete academics, to â€œaffectiveâ€ education, meaning the teaching of attitudes, values, beliefs and behaviors. One of the reasons for this â€œshiftâ€ is that activist legislators are mandating that teachers divert valuable classroom time from solid academics to the promotion of personal agendas.
Baldwin: Our schools have become laboratories for social engineering and are no longer places where knowledge is transmitted.
FP: What are some ways that valuable classroom time is wasted in our public schools? Tell us some of the more bizarre examples.
Baldwin: Whole language, death education, New Math, cooperative learning, inventive spelling and many other fads that have little to do with education