Justin Parmenter: A state legislator is howling indoctrination because my 7th graders are learning the ocean is polluted
North Carolina legislators are pushing their state’e version of the teacher lesson plan law– a requirement that teachers post their lesson plans and teaching materials for the year so that enterprising citizens can root out indoctrination. Justin Parmenter blogs at Notes from the Chalkboard and found himself as Exhibit A in one legislator’s push to root out that indoctrinatin’
A member of the North Carolina House of Representatives held up my teaching as an example of harmful indoctrination of children this week as state legislators met to discuss a new bill which would require teachers to post their lesson plans online for public review.
The K-12 Education Committee approved HB 755, also known as “An Act to Ensure Academic Transparency.” It passed the House by a vote of 66-50 and now moves on to the Senate.
The legislation mandates that all lesson plans, including information about any supporting instructional materials as well as procedures for how an in-person review of lesson materials may be requested, be “prominently displayed” on school websites.
Iredell County Republican Representative Jeffrey McNeely gave the bill two enthusiastic thumbs up, pointing to my teaching as an example of the hidden indoctrination that will be exposed if the bill is passed into law: