Should double-dipping be encouraged?

We’re not talking about pensions, but the old 3-Rs.

An AP wire story features a student from Kansas City, Kansas, who took “a double dose of math and English during his freshman year.”

The reason? No Child Left Behind puts a premium on achievement in reading and math.

“Variations of the double-dose approach are being used in districts in such places as Kansas, Missouri, Texas, New Jersey and California.

Is this a bad thing? Some people think so. A spokesman for the teachers union known as the American Federation of Teachers said “We can’t say it’s OK to spend so much time on the basics that we let the broader curriculum slide.”

On the other hand, a student who can’t read well enough is going to have trouble learning “the broader curriculum.”

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