On a recent evening in Juneau, seven Juneau-Douglas High School students gathered at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Hunter Education Shooting Complex and watched Range Safety Officer Steve Hildebrand discuss gun safety and shooting positions, complete with references to isosceles triangles. Shortly afterward, they entered the gun range to shoot rifles themselves.
Outdoor Biology, said Hopkins, is both a community-based and a locally inspired class. It’s a mix, he said, of wildlife topics and “hands-on outdoor skills.” Over the course of a year, students discuss the biology involved in fishing, hunting and wildlife management; they make Tlingit subsistence tools like halibut hooks; they discuss the physical science involved in canoes and traditional Tlingit canoe modifications to increase hull speed; they discuss bear behavior, physiology and safety; they learn about fish processing and both traditional and modern methods of fish preservation, and they learn about wildlife genetics, among other topics.
Local middle schools teach hunting skills including gun safety, game handling and care, etc. The High Schools are offering an Outdoor Biology class which teaches survival, which includes time spent at the range.
They need this in AK for the kids' safety day to day.
quote:Modern Texas elementary academics are 1.5 years behind what was commonly taught in Texas during the 1960's. They've been "dumbed-down" to allow the illegals a chance to catch up. In 2009, Texas Elementary standards were ranked 49th in the nation by NAEP. An elementary school student may get A's in Texas, but then only be a C student if they move to Massachusetts. My oldest son finished 1st grade knowing less than when he started 1st grade (this was at an "Exemplary" school). As a result, we home-schooled while in Texas. That same oldest son had 30+ hrs college credits under his belt when he graduated High School.
Just had a parent teacher conference today with my 1st grader's teacher. She noted he does really well in math but she is not sure where he really is in ability because she is not using any material more advanced than 1st grade because she doesn't want to embarrass the other students.
He also apparently is reading the assignments too fast and then talking with other kids but his comprehension of read material is excellent.