Ok... so after doing some research tonight and seeing NUMEROUS comments from people on blogs, facebook, and what not about how the problem is not so much with the speech as it is with the infamous lesson plans sent to teachers.... I went in search of said evil material.
After lots of searching, I finally found it on the almighty public web.
Here is the pdf for the K-6 grade.
Here is the pdf for the 7-12th grade.
After my review, again I am left with questions.
- What is the problem? Really, what is the big beef about this lesson plan?
- Who could possibly ever do ALL of the ideas in this in one class? Clearly you are supposed to pick some, not do all. So I'm not thinking that qualifies as "telling teachers what to do" or justifies fears about not showing the speech. No where is this an all or nothing plan in my opinion- plus it is littered with subjective phrases like "could" or "might".
- If you're a teacher or administrator and you don't like this "suggested plan", why not write your own or tweak this one they gave as a starter? What teacher in the United States cannot look at this suggested list of ideas and tweak it to create one that is appropriate for their age bracket and classroom subject? I mean really. If you do not have the capacity to take a lesson plan and twist it to make it your own that you can teach with confidence, do I really want you teaching anything to my kids at all? Maybe the problem really isn't our kids.