Originally Posted by ShinobiKnight
@Mibs: By "taking school seriously", I meant "showing up, doing the homework, etc." In my school, a lot of people don't even do that. I agree that you can take bad notes, do bad on tests, and still pass. Your bit about teachers having to pass a certain number of students supports my argument, since it would contribute to kids thinking they can pass without doing anything. As far as I know, teachers can't just throw in extra credit to pass you; if you do next to nothing, they must fail you.
Yeah. The point is that our education system obviously is less then adequate in educating people if you can pass without having a firm grasp of the curriculum. I don't even give a shit about the people who fail. There are people who pass
that don't know what they're suppose to know. That's not good.
Compare it to a karate dojo or some shit. Let's say you get a ranking belt every 4 months so long as you show up and put in the effort, even if you're not that great at fighting. So you get your blackbelt after 3 years. Does that blackbelt mean anything at all? Of course not, because you still suck at fighting. Same thing here.
If you don't grasp the shit you're being taught, then your grades and level of education mean jack shit. Making our educational system a joke. It doesn't adequately show one's actual amount of education. It just shows how many years you spent going to school, and that you were willing to put the rather small amount of effort in that is necessary for you to not fail. That's pretty much it.
That's why I always lol at the retards who try using their grades to counter-argue against your claim that they're fucking stupid. Because any retard who thinks what grades they get in highschool is a good judge of intelligence is
However, I must admit you know more about the education system than me. I've noticed much of our work being devoted to PSSA preparation, but I didn't know the entire curriculum is based around it. I agree with you there: it should be based on what kids need to know. But I don't see that changing unless they stop basing funding on test scores, which is unlikely.
And highly unfortunate. We have the resources to be a much more intelligent country as a whole. They're just grossly mismanaged.