More education mandates that eat into funding and valuable teaching time

House Bill # 299


This bill requires Delaware students to learn CPR to be granted a high school diploma from a Delaware high school.

House Education Committee   On   04/04/12

House Bill # 273


This bill establishes a mandatory financial literacy program for high school seniors in all public schools, including charter schools. The Secretary of the Department of Education and the State Treasurer shall develop and agree upon the curriculum of the program

Senate Bill # 191


Kilroy says, where are the impact studies and who is going to foot the bill? CPR is nice but what does it have to do with academics? How much will it cost to teach every high school senior CPR? Could the school be sued if a student improperly performed CPR?

Financial literacy courses for seniors? Who balances a checkbook these days? Washington? LOL

Now we’re instructing students how to form unions ?

Folks isn’t there enough pressure on teachers and schools? What about the financial impact ? I wonder if the new charter school queen will open her eyes and see the financial pressure these requirements will put on charter schools.

What next? Requirements for student to learn how to purify their own piss? Noble causes here legislators, but if you didn’t know, we’re in the middle of public school reform! Why wasn’t this shit part of Race to The Top? All this gives new meaning to run away train!

15 responses to “More education mandates that eat into funding and valuable teaching time

  1. Joanne Christian

    Thank you Kilroy for highlighting this also. I swear I wish these legislators would contact someone before they go around introducing all this lame brain stuff. First off, the the financial literacy piece will be covered by the core content standards adopted–as in economics–and will include that very piece of financial literacy. Second–the union history, again, as time permits in social studies etc.–but c’mon we’re not trying to educate shop stewards. And lastly–I do agree w/ CPR or how to sew a button or boil an egg. There always seems to be some dead time for juniors/seniors taking driver’s ed at the end of the course, where this CPR course would be a great filler, and value added piece for our graduates. So, that’s where I’m at–and I already sent my two cents over last month–but obviously they are going to go ahead w/ it anyway. Thanks for getting it the nickel viewing here! I detest redundant legislation. And legislators not having a clue of what a high school kid–especially a senior already has to check off to graduate. Remember that extra math and language year Dover?


  2. lastDEconservative

    A couple days ago when the union voter classroom training piece first came out, I opined as below. Substitute CPR and financial literacy, which are more ridiculous than my two prognostications, delete Lill and insert Ron Russo, and it still works. Ya think? And what could Delaware teach about financial literacy? Become a part t time bookie if you need more money to buy food (votes) or to develop loyal cronies? Rush (Race) to the Feds with a whistle and a smile to get some Obama dollars as a quick fix as needed?

    As I’ve said so many times, here and other places, when you fault the government school (not education) system, START with the politicians, whence all the uselessness is begat. From putting a Lill in charge, to classroom diktats, to taking money from the remaining employed to attract more and more illegal aliens, to gleefully succumbing to any boot on the neck from the Feds, ad nauseum, it all starts with the button you push in the booth. And the wrongly elected ALWAYS point to failures downstream of theirs to distract (successfully) attention from the truth.

    It will be interesting to watch if the unionized teachers succeed at teaching [a big lie] about organized labor. (What? Did you think it would be a truthful curriculum? Do you think that’s what the legislature, counting the voters always, wants? Do you think the teachers union thug in chief, or the protectors thereof, will permit anything other than pap be disseminated? C’mon.)

    Anyway, if they succeed (as measured by a whole ‘nother round of testing, manipulated data, coaches, and kumbaya sessions ad nauseum), it will beg the question why they couldn’t teach math, or writing, or English (or Arabic or Mandarin as the case may be). Whether they succeed in adding yet another layer/level of brainwashing to these poor social-engineered-to-death kids or fail at it, it will be interesting to see the effect on the subjects that K-12 students DO need to learn, but do not now, such as the aforementioned three.

    And I have to also wonder at this point how the News Journal will avoid reporting that the ability of our third graders to recite the times three table has diminished still further in the face of the time added to the ever growing indoctrination efforts. I can, however, visualize as clearly as I see my keyboard, Jack and Lill up on the podium high fiving over the success of the program … and suggesting the follow-ons to come: “Icons of the Welfare State,” “Nanny-Statism is a Good Thing, Dude,” just to speculate a couple.

    I have to give ‘em credit and kudos. The ingenuity of the crowd that finds new and unnecessary subject matter that can only intentionally and with malice reduce the time spent preparing our most vulnerable to move from the ranks of the unknowing to the fundamentally educated is worthy of admiration! The process must be something like that Apple uses in imagining things that heretofore simply were not. Seriously, after sex ed for 6 year olds, fairness training, government meals with a side of Mom criticism, self esteem training for all ages, international baccalaureates, bastardized history … if you were charged to come up the next time wasting propaganda subject, what would you come up with? And uh, Newark Dad, uh, sorry to say, if you’re teaching today, you’re teaching according to the diktats of some “dirtbag” or other, and the union you decry (and may pay exaction to) is a full fledged participant in Delaware, always at the head table or at the right hand of. Too late.

    What’s that? The big lie? Well, I studied labor law in school a little, so I could cite a few, but I’ll just give you one, in case you really don’t know: That collective bargaining, and the resultant and forced diminution of one’s effort to advance or succeed in the face of no additional available reward, as determined the lazy and the unable, is wonderful and marvelous and preferable to the system under which the very United States was founded and by which its citizens succeeded for lo, these many years gone by (gone by), and by which those that do still succeed, moderately or wildly, will never cite as an attribute of said success. Start with that.


  3. I don’t object to teaching any of those topics in school. I can even think of more. Is there something wrong all of a sudden with raising expectations?


  4. Also, if our history textbooks don’t already cover major events in the union movement, we need to send them back.


  5. Looking back to the ancient times, when I was in school –

    CPR was taught in the health class, as part of the standard course. We were not certified, but we did learn the basic mechanics and have to practice on the really gross ‘dummy’.

    Financial literacy was taught in home ec. My Jr. High required that all students take metal shop, wood shop, and home ec. In home ec, we learned to cook (big treat given the quality of the cafeteria), sew, and balance a checkbook/read credit card ‘fine print’/create a budget (somethime that gov fails to do). All very useful, and maybe if they didn’t have so many other bogus requirements, kids would still be able to enjoy those classes.

    Unions were part of the US History class. My textbook was neutral about unions. It is certainly part of our history, but I would worry that the requirement would be biased.

    And, all of my fellow students learned about ‘collective bargaining’ when our teachers all went on strike, during the first year of bussing, and all the students were forced to attend school until the last week of June. From that learning experience, I learned to be wary of unions.


  6. wow, thanks for making me feel old. I had the exact same classes Kryan.. did you rubberband the faucet shower head thing in home ec. so the next person to turn it on would get sprayed? 🙂


  7. I plead the 5th on that one.


  8. 🙂


  9. Gotta say, while I may not always agree with lastDEconservative, he is a master of the ligua politic! Kudos to all of you (from DEconservative to thoughtful and wine-selective pandora) for making this the most addictive reading!


  10. kilroysdelaware

    “I can even think of more. Is there something wrong all of a sudden with raising expectations?”

    Mike O, if we keep adding more requirements like these we’re going to have to cut back on testing to provide the time. Sure CPR could be part of gym! Financial literacy !!!! Play Monopoly during recess! Teaching students how to form unions!!! I thought we wanted to address bullying ? LOL 🙂

    “Thank you Kilroy for highlighting this also. I swear I wish these legislators would contact someone before they go around introducing all this lame brain stuff”

    Joanne, there use to be Title 14, Chapter 2, Subchapter I, Section § 207. Legislative educational impact statements.
    Repealed by 73 Del. Laws, c. 312, § 334, effective June 25, 2002. because Kilroy busted the legislators for failing to follow the law so it was repealed at close of legislative session 2002. In actuality certain laws passed are technically illegal as this section of the law was ignored. The stated “must” complete impact statement that included funding stream!


  11. @ pandora – you can debate that point, but it doesn’t change the fact that charter schools are available to all under the requirements of charter school law. What is necessary for success (besides filling out the application) is to do your work and follow the rules. Parental involvement is key to both IMO. The “what happens if not” is they stay and struggle or try a different school. Again, NCS doesn’t work for every school. Last I checked, neither does any school.


  12. I meant “every student” but I guess “every school” could work too : 7 ).


  13. “Teaching students how to form unions!!! ”

    For the low-paid service jobs of the future this will be a necessary skill! 🙂

    Come on Kilroy. Should we not teach them about the American Revolution because that would teach them how to overthrow the government?

    You are injecting your own political biases into teaching.

    I remember my grade-school social studies books always had US involvement in Vietnam in the very last chapter. And for some reason, time always ran out before we got to that chapter. Later it was Watergate that we never seemed to get around to.


  14. “Sure CPR could be part of gym! ”

    I’ve seen the work my son does in middle school health class. I think there is plenty of time for CPR instruction.


  15. lastDEconservative

    Thank you for the kind words. I have to ask, did you mean lengua? Or has the Google finally been stumped on ligua?