I'm still reeling over the announcement my principal made the last week of school. First, a little background. If my school doesn't make AYP in math this year we will be a watch school (we won't know the results until July.) The fear of the "what if" has our admin in a tizzy. They've decided the best thing to do next year is completely eliminate all direct Social Studies and Science instruction and use that time for Math remediation. Really? :huh: This doesn't affect me, since in 5th grade we block. They have 40 minutes of SS and Science daily, but wow!! Our kids will know how to do long division and identify cause and effect, but they won't be able to tell you much about biomes or economics! The theory is that SS and Science can be integrated into Language Arts. While that's absolutely true, that certainly leaves a lot less time for great fiction books. And the kicker is this...ALL classrooms must do only Math for morning work. That stinks for me because it's how I incorporated grammar into my day each class period. So this means that all students will be taught Reading for 2.5 hours and Math for about 2 hours, plus the 20 minutes or so of Math morning work. And we wonder why our schools are failing?