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posted by seagull: “It pains me to say this, but why should we be surprised and shocked that kids can't find Louisiana, or West Virginia, not to mention Iraq, on a map? When a lot of their parents couldn't either. This is the state of our oh so lovely public school system in this country. [Edited by Don W]
Kids who are functionally illiterate, geographically challenged, but boy are they well equipped with wonderful self esteem. That is until the real world comes a knockin' on the door. Sad doesn't even begin to describe it. My word of choice is sickening and disappointing. But not surprised in the least. Classes are taught at the speed of the slowest child, so as not to damage little Johnny's or Rebecca's self esteem.
Unfortunately, this is not a new phenomenon. This started in the late 60's and early 70's, oddly enough about the time I started school . . how many kids in elementary school, or Junior High know who Robert Louis Stevenson even was, or what he wrote? I probably don't want to even know the answer. It’s a sad commentary on the state of our public school system in America, and an indictment of our so-called leaders. [Edited by Don W]
posted by marg6043
I had my children in public school after being in DoD schools, I noticed the lack of quality education in public schools. I worked with the schools . . I concluded American public education is below standards. Why? History and science is two subjects that are the worst and less taken care in public schools. [Edited by Don W]
It’s a shame when I was asked by a teacher with a masters at work if Puerto Rico was part of Mexico or if I needed a Green card to be in the US. When a person that educates children doesn't even know things like that it makes you wonder what kind of education children are getting in public schools. A shame that is what it is.
posted by minority2000uk
One USA thing. Does the US Government spend less per student than most countries out of interest? [Edited by Don W]
posted by cranefly
Hey, Don W, are you a political or something? Because it's "odd" for a member to answer like that. But that's cool to know. Thanks for the info. I don't know what we're going to do about educating people. But otherwise, it will take the privatizing of education to teach people Geography and other things they should know by 20. [Edited by Don W]
posted by Cardeller4:
I think government should get out of the education business. The money going to the Department of Education should be going to the people with school aged children. The voucher system would get privately owned schools up and running. [Edited by Don W]
posted by cranefly
I agree, America needs public schools. The newer suburbs of the US need public transportation, so the average Janes and Joes in the US could figure out some way to make Ethanol 850 more applicable for cars, and lower costs of teachers, schools, food, etc.
Politics aside, I don't like how the federal government regulates some of education. Not the Sciences, but the humanities, which get toyed with the most before hitting the textbooks, and if people believe in Evolution, Creations, or ET Genetic Splicing of bigfoot, humans, and ETs, then they should make a disarmer saying this is what "so and so Institution, company, etc. believe and is supported by the federal government." Actually, don't they have them already?
But vouchers would be a great idea, but many parents here are too lazy to vote for it, and "shop around" for schools. [Edited by Don W]
posted by cranefly
I agree, no income tax (it's technically illegal anyway.)
“ . . I don't like how some of the richest people like Warren Buffet and the Rockefellers use the Income Tax system to hide money legally, and write off what they send to their bank accounts in Switzerland as "charity."
I know it may look Islamic by how it's listed, but I was raised Christian, and that's just what I believe is how someone with that kind of money should take care of it.
I also agree people from ATS/PTS/BTS need to complain about the micro-managing by UN and Congress. It's even making News, even on FOX news. Even Bill O' Reilly has gotten caught calling old college friends, probably fraternity buddies "Brother" at least 10 times over the years. What do you think, about my opinion?