posted on Dec, 7 2009 @ 12:37 AM
Well, I'm turning 50 this month, and I can say without reservation that I could not only "do better" in school now, I could probably teach in
school better than it's being done these days.
I always excelled in school in all classes and courses, but my problem was with authority. I was smarter than most of my teachers, and a
hell of a lot smarter than the school administrators. Consequently, I was always at odds with the principal and vice principal, the
counselors, et cetera.
As an adult dealing with teenagers myself over the years, I have seen the schools doing a worse and worse job at educating. Kids
still rebel against authority, as always, but these kids are don't have the intellectual ammunition to rebel effectively.
I mean, my three teenage great-nephews come to visit pretty regularly; and, when I engage them in conversation, I am amazed at how dumb
these otherwise bright kids are. They don't know very basic things, things I knew when I was in grammar school.
Grammar is one thing they don't know. An elementary knowledge of American history is another — and forget world history.
They have no grasp of geography, no grasp of general science, no understanding whatsoever of technology.
Their ignorance is chilling.
I ask these kids what books they're reading, I'm told that they don't read books... instead, they text. Their vocabularies are
essentially monosyllabic. These kids are between the ages of 13 and 16, and they have the reading comprehension of fourth-graders. I'm not guessing
at that, I've seen their reading comprehension test results. Pathetic.
I've often contemplated going back to college sometime — not to "brush up" on any subject or to enhance my job skills, but to
scold and humiliate the educators for betraying our trust.
— Doc Velocity