Hi, I have been doing some reading, and am wondering: does anyone notice a "dumbing down" of the curriculum, while at the same time expecting students to know a lot more? I know it doesn't make sense, but a good example is looking at older textbooks. I don't know a lot of the words in the teachers' notes, and know that many of them wouldn't make sense to kids of today. But obviously kids have always learned. The only thing is now that kids' (and younger adults like my own generations) vocabularies have become severely limited. How do we rectify that? I've been using words in my classroom that the kids might not know, and when they ask me, I explain it. Then we write the word up on the wall, and I try to go through each word every week. I'm also using a vocabulary workbook for the 3rd graders, but some of the words are so simple it's ludicrous. "Greedy" and "sew" were two words. Honestly!! I just can't seem to find any resources to help my students become more efficient wordsmiths. I think it has to start earlier than just throwing in Greek/Latin roots in 4th grade, but how does one do this? Thanks!