Interestingly, No Child Left Behind has put a big dent in theme based education along with budget cuts. So the curriculum is less rich (lower quality) than it was before all the 'improvements!' I am hoping to help the school do something about this. But teachers say they don't have enough time now to plan across disciplines to integrate a theme.
Totally going OT - BUT This is the issue I am dumb struck with in our school district. It is wonderful in offering several specialty schools (arts, language immersion, and Montessori), but the ratings for the overall district (not the individuals schools as many of the specialties are exceeding NCLB standards) is deficient and then the district as a whole is put on a CAP.
For us at a language immersion school - this meant a blanket literacy program (i.e. dedicated time to English literacy) & testing in ENGLISH for the kids, while the daily school curriculum is 90-100 in the 2nd language (french for us). The CAP is actually taking away and eroding the reason we picked an immersion program for our kid. We've gone to hearings on this matter and working with school as I'm hopeful our PTA will take this up and get behind it. Sorry for completely going off topic but this stuff just makes me