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Originally posted by Aether
Memorization of equations vs knowledge of what those equations are actually doing. I used to walk around high school with a button on my shirt that said 'Why am I learning this?" Sure, its arrogant, whatever, but it does provoke a powerful question that most teachers just dont care to answer.
Originally posted by Blackout
Phaethor, while I applaud you for your successes, do take heed that MANY (American) children shift gears after the elementary level. It isn't uncommon that children strive to succeed in elementary.
However, I've had friends back in high school that admitted they were honor roll students and such; however, when they reached middle/high school, their work quality and ethic declined.
And yes, I do admit that the American education system is horrible. Kozmo brought up a very interesting point, and I would strongly support such an educational reform.
I've met students that find it rewarding to be an underachiever. Furthermore, I've met students that speak and write in such a way that it compels you to believe that they're five years behind academically and mentally.
I will be teaching soon (in America), but I plan to move elsewhere across the globe and find a country with qualified and competent individuals that I would actually enjoy teaching.