Re: Obama urges longer school hours
Gotta disagree with you, SK. And not just because you're a noob either.
Our school systems are mostly a joke. I work with school teachers who tell me the shit they have to put up with in regards to policies and curriculum they have to enforce. That no child left behind bullshit fucks shit up, hard. A school receives money based on how well they do on those standardized tests you guys take. For you, I'm assuming it's the PSSA's, yeah? The curriculum chosen by the schools is prepared specifically to prepare for that test. The idea is that the school receives more money. Curriculum shouldn't be decided based on what will make the school the most dough. It should be made based on what kids need to fucking know.
Not only that, but classes are designed so that it's nearly impossible to fail. Because tons of kids failing means "kids r getting left behind lolololol." Two of the coaches I work with are teachers from two separate middle schools, and both of them have told me that they've been told by the higher ups that they cannot fail a certain amount of kids. They have to pass a certain percentage no matter what. They've complained about how the kids they teach don't know what they should because the teachers before were forced to pass kids, and that they can't teach the curriculum within the deadline because they have to backtrack and reteach shit everyone in that class should already be able to do. This shit is common. Teachers from tons of different schools (most wrestling coaches are teachers) have said the same exact thing. The polices teachers have to deal with are ridiculous, and kids are dumber for that shit.
Also, come on. School is a joke. Any retard can pass so long as they do the work and put in some effort, even if they don't understand shit. I've been in tons of classes where you could fail every test and still pass with a C because of homework and class participation. Even college classes I'm taking work that way. In my abnormal psychology class the average test scores for the last two tests were a fucking 36% and a 48% (Midterm). And that's with my fucking 98/100 and 100/100 test scores thrown into that average, with 18 student class size. Those fuckers must have failed, hard. Yet the average total grade in the class is a 86% due to weighted class participation grades. That means those dumbshits in my class don't understand anything, but they show up and talk about stupid shit alot so they pass. That's retarded.
School as it is now doesn't mean shit except that you're willing to put in the minimum effort it takes to go and try, sorta. I'm all for that shit changing.
Edit: Actually, I personally don't give a shit because I'm not retarded. So it doesn't really effect me. I can compete with foreigners, no problem, because I'm a manly mother fucking American.
Last edited by Miburo; 03-20-2009 at 12:52 AM.