Originally posted by ianr5741
Originally posted by sizzle
Here is the math portion: Not sure how we will accomplish #10. Just be inventive.
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.
I'll betcha almost no one will get this right.
A check moves money from one account to another.
A promissory note is proof the bank holds that the bank is owed something by a customer.
A receipt is proof of a transaction.
You would have to compare individual schools so this gets even more complex.
Through my Junior Year (I'm 53 now) in High School I attended a school in a town of 7,000. The quality of the Teachers was superior and the community
was very education oriented. We took the entrance exams every year, starting in fifth grade (yes I said fifth grade) and we were ranked against the
Seniors test scores.
In that town at least, if you did not make good grades you were held back once and if that did not work, they sent you to a trade school so you could
learn a skill. Nobody passed unless they learned and when it was over you were either ready for a University or you were started in an apprenticeship
for a trade.
My senior year we had to move to Ontario, California. I attended a brand new school where all the teachers were young, new teachers. I was so far
ahead of the curve that I only had to attend two classes a day to graduate and was still in textbooks I'd already had in my second year of
My first day I watched a teacher sell cross-tops ( the street-name for prescription Mexican Methamphetamine in those days) to a student in the middle
of class in clear view of the whole class. In another class the Teacher walked in and said he was on the dating game the day before and had a hangover
from the Party. He got a cup of coffee, put his feet on his desk and went to sleep. The next day he gave us a full accounting of experience on the
Dating Game. The whole school was like being taught by a bunch of underage party animals.
They gave us a reading and comprehension test in a required Senior course. Only two people in the entire school tested at a level over what they said
a 7th grade student should be at. I scored at second year college level.
The reason I quoted your post is that one of the two classes was a required class learning to do things like budgeting home finances, writing checks
and dealing with bank accounts. Since I had been taught that in Junior High, I did not bother reading the book and still aced all the tests. I was the
only person in the class to get a grade above a "D".
At High School Graduation they passed everybody; even those who could not read or do even basic mathematics. As a child, I thought it was great at the
time. Now I know how sad it really was. Schools vary greatly from place to place.
My daughter is now a graduate student at an Ivy League at the ripe old age of 20. She skipped 2 years in Grade School due to her being schooled both
at home and in a regular school at the same time. Had it not been for that, yes she would have been dumbed down. I saw the parents as the real
culprits, combined with this stupid tendency of schools to just pass everyone to get rid of them to make room for the next class of illiterates.
People reading this thread who have children need to ask themselves:
Am I playing a part in educating my child or am I dumping the responsibility on the system and trusting them to do what I should be doing?
Do I know what my child is being taught and how well they are doing?
Am putting my children's most basic needs first or am I never home or there for them?
Am I spending my free time with my children, helping them with homework or am I always gone or busy while others raise and teach my children for
Do I know where my children are at all times and who they are with, what they are doing and what type of people they are running with?
Do I put my children above all other things in my life as I should or have I abandoned them for my career or social life?