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.
A Yoda Am I, What Are You?
A venerated sage with vast power and knowledge, you gently guide forces around you while serving as a champion of the light.
Judge me by my size, do you? And well you should not - for my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life greets it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us, and binds us. Luminescent beings are we, not this crude matter! You must feel the Force around you, everywhere.
Never underestimate the 'vertically challenged'.
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