School Sucks! (But Only in America)by Pete (no login)
Since we have a lot of high school and college students here, I thought Iíd bust open this can of worms and ask this... What the hell is wrong with the school system these days and whoís not so bright (imho) idea was it to come up with the ĎA+í grade? Frankly, I feel bad for students who are trapped by some teachers who wonít give out an A+ because they too, do not believe in such a grading system. This discriminates unfairly against students who are as smart or smarter than other students who have easier teachers that give out superior grades. There was nothing wrong with an 'A' being the top grade,
I would like to say the whole grading system is just a bunch of crap, but if you are trying to get into a particular college and do not have all the 'right' connections, itís an essential bunch of crap that you simply have to both put up with and get good at. This includes a greater need placed upon researching teachers and how they grade as well as learning how to get into their classes. (Frankly, on this lowly evolved planet, that is actually the greater skill but it would sure be nice if that were told to students. Then, we could all read books like, Alice Doesnít Live in Wonderland, Anymore.)
As for the homework, geez, give me a break. I carried a 3.93 in high school, played basketball when I was supposed to be in study hall, and did any assignments I was given during the next class. (I used the time where was a lull in the educating process, (e.g., when the teacher was talking.)
Today, kids have so much homework, well, If I had the same, I would have to write poems between hook shots and hey, I hate multi-tasking. Iím sorry to say the youth of today does not impress me as being any smarter for all the hellish work the schools put them through. Iím also sorry to say that in regard to achievements, I do not believe my generation can hold a candle to the WWII generation; so, we must be doing something fundamentally wrong here.
I have a son in grade school and what I am trying to do for my son is to meter his homework responsibilities. My wife and I test him from time to time. We feel that if he has learned something, that he should not be beaten to death with it. Basically, I toss what I consider to be the extraneous homework into the trash can. Does this take my time? Sure it does, but other parents seem to spend as much or more time doing homework with or for their children. I didnít expect to be going through the first grade again. (Three times was quite enough, thank you very much.)
Anyway, Iím not saying the youth of today were not born or cannot be bright, on the contrary, they are very bright and should be even more gifted in learning with all the technology provided by each and every generation that has gone before them. My concern is what those who control schools are doing with those bright minds entrusted to them. I mean extra credit, come on. That just promotes ďLets get everyone in the family together to pump out more crap so our kid gets better grades.Ē Learn to read in kindergarten? Are you kidding, I didnít start reading until grade two and I donít think any childís life will fall apart if that was still the requirement today.
Maybe schools would be better off if the earlier grades taught how to appreciate learning and some other basic things like manners, cooperative playing, interactive behavior, basic responsibility, and self-confidence. You know the kind of stuff we all pick up on the streets!
Sure, I think our teachers should be better paid, but I also think we need better teachers. (The English teachers really bring down the curve.) Computers in schools are great, but most of the students already know more about them than the teachers who have them in the classroom.
Anyway, everybody in this country seems to get way to uptight when it comes to education; higher mind comes from a place of quite, not from the crazy stresses of our so-called modern society.
Some of the best things I have see in schools today are the extra-curricular activities (the ones that havenít died out, entirely.) There is a good since of community and caring in those areas and I hope it will remain and also will eventually regain a more prominent place in the education system of the future.
So, I would like to see what some of the forum members that have to contend with high school or college work today thinks or feels about what I have written. Iím not looking for agreement or support, just a sharing of opinions.
|Response Title||Author and Date|
|All in all, it's just A... 'nother brick in the wall...||mennonite on Mar 12|
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