I went to a school board meeting two years ago, where the topic of the middle school English curriculum came up.
The English curriculum is a chronic source of woe and has been for as long as we've lived here, which is sixteen years now.
Come to find out, parent unhappiness with the English curriculum goes back at least as far as 35 years. After I stood up and commented on the fact that we still do not have a required reading curriculum that includes the classics (here's what we do have), a member of the board said that his own mother had been unhappy about it, too.
That would have been around 1980.
When did public schools start hiring exclusively from ed schools?