posted on Jan, 18 2005 @ 07:49 PM
"High school: the big final step before college, before independence. The last chance for a student to cling to the illusion that soicety
[sic] is nice to them [sic] , that life will be easy. Albeit [sic] , by junior and senior year a student becomes much more
independent, what with the ability to drive, cololege [sic] applications, keeping grades up and whatnot, shouldnt [sic] the high
school currculum [sic] reflect that independence?
"Pardon my naive interpretation of the high school curriulum [sic] , but it seems to me (especially in classes such as english [sic]
) that a teacher focuses more oin [sic] adhering to a schedule than to a student's individual learning. I agree that the facts are indeed
important, and they are essential in the analytical process, but wouldnt [sic] it make more [sic] to, instead of assigning specific
approved books, allow a student to instead choose a book themelves [sic] , sumazirze [sic] it for the teacher, and analyze it?"
"This would most definetly [sic] increase the work load of the teacher, but it would be infinetly [sic] more effective in teaching
the student to think for themselves. [sic] Somewhat of the same philosophy goes for the sientific [sic] and numerical teachings, such
as mathematics and physics. for [sic] example, if student wishes to become an aeronautical engineer, is it really necessary for them to learn
to find a variable in a logarithmic function (this is an opinion: having just been introduced to aeronauical engineering briefly, i have not been
exposed to it's [sic] intricacies, sorry if i made a mistake in my evaluation) THe [sic] point is, wouldnt [sic] it be more
effective to choose courses and curiculums [sic] that sister each other?"
Normally I don't do this, Waldheimat, but when quoting someone, it is considered standard form to use the term "[sic]" (from the Latin "thus") to
emphasize that you really are quoting your source exactly. In other words, those aren't my egregrious mistakes in spelling and grammar,
Waldheimat; they are yours.
Wald, you cannot communicate very well. My first undergrad major was English, and later I took a BS in engineering; I am now an engineering
manager at The Boeing Company.
If I saw your resume, I'd throw it in the trash, because businesses need people who can communicate concisely and clearly, whether they are
accountants, engineers, buyers, contract administrators, or just about any job at all beyond custodians.
If you are a high school student, you almost certainly don't know enough about literature to be able to pick your own books and analyze it; part of a
high school education is to open up your horizons by having you read those common works that define our culture. These include Chaucer, Shakespeare,
Milton, Descarte, Voltaire, Bryon, Keats, Shelley, Browning, Kipling, Twain, Eliot, Stevenson, Hopkins, DuBois, Hughes, Sandburg, Frost, Lewis,
You say: "it would be more effective to allow students to achieve collegic independence midway through high school, to better prepare them for
college and, subsequently, life as an adult."
No. You must learn the rules before you can break them; you must understand the basics before you can go off on your own. If you want to write blank
verse, fine; but learn the difference between a Petrarchian and an Elizabethan sonnet first.
Learn to communicate! If you can write clear, concise, and coherent prose, you will never have to look for a job.
Now go take on the day, and buy a copy of Strunk and White's "Elements of Style".
[edit on 18-1-2005 by Off_The_Street]