Is this seriously what public schooled 1st graders know?
How many of us knew this stuff in 1st?
These I knew -
- Count to 100 by 2s, 5s and 10s
- Use tally marks for counting
- Understand place value for 1s 10s and 100s
these I had a vauge understanding of -
- The world's major oceans, continents, and northern and southern hemispheres
- Three major kinds of rocks
-the meaning behind symbols such as the flag, the American Eagle and the Statue of Liberty
- Know about famous Americans - Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Susan B. Anthony, etc.
Why are kids being pushed so hard so early?
I remember doing homonyms (they told us bear, bare and beer) in 2nd grade maybe. Susan B Anthony was a common book report choice in the 4th grade. I have no recollection of learning about the Mayans or Incans in elementary school. We learned mostly about North American history and the Ancient Greeks. My niece, who is in accelerated classes, did stuff about the Mayans in 6th grade.
I have a really hard time believing that these are typical standards for first graders in the U.S. Some of them, like the skip counting, I believe. But all the social studies factoids and science stuff, nah...If these factoids are being presented to 6 year olds in typical public schools, then I would imagine that it's just part of the pump and dump methodology....you know, they have to pump it into their little heads over and over and over until the kids finally remember some of it after several years. I'm not impressed by what the academic input is in school, because from my personal experience and a look at the state curriculum, I know that they have to continually throw this info at them over a long course of time since it usually doesn't stick.