NoRedInk student on-line writing program includes value statements

NoRedInk student on-line writing program includes value statements
July 31 17:30 2019 Print This Article

A Charleston County middle school parent alerted Lowcountry Source about an on-line student grammar and writing program being used called NoRedInk. The free software, provided by Google Chrome, includes value statements that some parents may object to. The assignments are not archived for parental review.

The parent screen-shotted one of the assignments her daughter completed. There was a sentence construct which read, “Unhealthy social divisions in schools are created by ‘Honors’ and other accelerated classes.” There was a writing prompt in the assignment stating, “The U.S. should replace energy that comes from fossil fuels, such as oil and gas, with renewable sources like wind and solar.” The prompt had a documentation statement reading, “Producing renewable energy is cheaper than producing energy from fossil fuels”, which is not factually accurate.

It is commendable that middle schools are offering instruction in writing and grammar, but the assignments should be offered on paper or in an archivable on-line format so that parents may review their children’s work. The presence of value statements, which may conflict with those held by the parents, should be avoided.