Sunday, July 17, 2005
From The Mouths of Babes
It should be the other way around, but according a national survey of teenagers conducted by the National Governors Association, a large majority of high school students say their class work is not very difficult, and almost two-thirds say they would work harder if courses were more demanding or interesting. It is normally kids complaining of schoolwork as too hard & adults asking them to try a little harder.
Of drop outs & those considering dropping out, only one in nine cited the reason as "school work too hard", while 36% said they were "not learning anything," & 24 percent gave the reason as, "I hate my school."
Fewer than two-thirds, of the students surveyed, believed that their school had done a good job challenging them academically or preparing them for college.
Given the less that pleasing results of Program for International Student Assessment, as well as the International Math & Science Test Series, the need to reform our education system is more obvious than ever. This is no doubt a reason for the majority of the graduate students at most science & engineering departments being of foreign, in addition to international students making up 17% of all graduate students.
The global economy of today requires kids who can compete with those of other nations. Doing so requires that they be taught relevant & useful material in class not feel good subjects like ethnomathematics. Meanwhile, the top ten priorities of the National Education Association, include #2. fighting Wal-Mart, #4. adding "multiethnic" and "other" as options on ethnicity questions, #5. celebrating the 40th anniversary of the NEA and ATA, #8. requesting an article for the newsletter on "health problems from exposure to fragrance chemicals". While the NEA is ensuring that no teacher is left behind, our nation's children are paying the price of unionization & political indoctrination.
Thanks for the link!
In other countries, if your kid doesn't excel in school, they are permanently expelled, destining them to a life of labor in the rice paddies.
I'm not surprised by the results or his reaction. The libs have been doing everything to turn public education into public babysitting for thirty flippin' years. As Aaron says, when even the KIDS think it's too easy, we've got a problem.
I say disband the public schools and give the tax money back to the people so they can send their kids to decent private schools... or not, as they wish.
It always amazed me how stupid some of my fellow students were, as if I'm that bright to start with.
Of course when some subjects are easy to pass, there are always the students who cannot be bothered to work, or even turn up for classes.
That is the reason I am in favor of the No Child Left Behind Act. If the kids fail to score well on the test, the administration sould be changed & parents should be given vouchers. Just like for any other sector, competition is a healthy thing.
We also need to so something about pushy parents & worship of hollow self-esteem.
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