Wow, Bebe, you really nailed it. My wife is a high school teacher and thus I can empathize with the nuttiness your husband has to deal with on a regular basis. My wife teaches in an ultra liberal school district that gives a new meaning to the term “politically correct.”
Students have their “safe spaces” because stress is not allowed, and “flash passes” to leave the class at will (and usually not return). Parents pay off doctors to provide accommodation documentation so students can get extra time on tests and other unwarranted assistance.
If that’s not concerning enough, the school permits students to use their smartphones in class — and not for educational purposes. The concept of inclusion has run amok, with all students now being lumped together in advanced placement classes, regardless of merit.
The administrators always coddle the students and their parents, but never support the teachers — even though the teacher is usually right. Teachers don’t even get school supplies, like pens and pencils for the students, much less have time for planning periods. This “flagship” high school is also overcrowded, with some classes taking place in auxiliary trailers. And here’s the kicker: this is all happening in the most affluent county in Maryland (just outside Washington, DC).
The bottom line here is that students are not being prepared to face the real world, much less the challenges of college. I call them the “entitlement generation” because if the shoe fits…
These kids are in for a rude awakening. That must be why critics call it “illiberal” education. What a crying shame for our future generation of leaders.