It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
School instead creates closed minds, filled to the brim
this ever-oppressive, authoritorian nonsense is starting to permeate and dominate every facet of our society, and it definitely is cause for concern IMHO...
Originally posted by asmeone2
reply to post by whaaa
The bigger problem that I noticed is that many districts focused almost entirely on sports, because that brought in money to the school (and the whole town in some cases) if the teams were good.
Instead of hiring teachers, they would make the coaches teach one or two periods each day.
I kid you not, I had a high-school biology teacher who equated teaching with showing Jurrasic Park and Steve Irwin videos.
Originally posted by Titen-Sxull
That's taking it too far and it makes you wonder how far the school system is willing to go.
Originally posted by micheshi
reply to post by hypervigilant
I agree and as a parent in Texas, I did something about it. I allowed my 15 year old AP/ Honors daughter to start at a community college during the summer between freshman and sophomore years. She loved it so I let her drop out of Plano ISD to go to community college full time. She just transferred to another school as a sophomore (she just turned 17) and we are actually moving her into her dorm in 1/2 hour. When people ask how she did it, I explain that I'm responsible for raising my children, not the state of Texas. (I will admit that I can afford to pay her tuition and board without loans and that probably made it easier than jumping through regulatory hoops.)
FWIW, she is counted as a dropout by the state of Texas.