Yes! I teach college. I teach a class in beginning Spanish. I got a call today from the director of Education, asking me to slow down. The class is too hard and the students will drop. Translation: (The college will lose money)
These students get 5 credit hours for the class. The course requires I teach 14 chapters in 16 weeks. This is not going to happen, so I cut it back to 8 chapters, and told them we might not make it that far. So, after the call today, I was told to bring in objects and let the students name them. This is what the last instructor did before me, and she showed cartoons. Students that had her dropped her because she taught them nothing.
She used to teach Spanish 1 and I taught Spanish 2. When I would get her Spanish 1 students, I would have to teach Spanish 1 again and get in a couple of chapters of Spanish 2. Now, the college says, don't worry about the book, just keep them happy. (Paraphrased but the idea is there)
So now I teach, "Dora the Explorer." Two students dropped and the ones that stayed think it's ridiculous to get 5 hours for nothing, but they're willing to stay. I told them about the call. But I'll do as instructed. However, if you want to know the definition of "The dumbing down of America," just ask my college's director. Let's not stress them. Let's take their money and go away happy. I'm not happy, and this will be my last semester to teach there. I'm sorry: I'm stressed out teaching, and as Rhett said, "Frankly Scarlett, I don't give a damn."
Note: The students told her how much they liked me, but they were afraid of making a B.
How sad for America.