posted on Dec, 22 2010 @ 05:37 PM
Originally posted by XLR8R
I'm afraid that the dumbing down of our youths is not only in the United States but also in Canada. I was told to stop "teaching" my children
because they were too advanced compared to the rest of the class. I never tought a day in my life. All I did was help refine there skills. I told
them to skip my kids ahead one grade then. I was flabbergasted to learn that that was not an option. Who are they to tell me what to do at home. So
I keep helping them become better at what they are good at and the school keeps telling me to stop. I'll be a fight to the bitter end I'm afraid.
But we must persevere for our kids are our future, and with out them our futute wil proove to be bleek indeed.
This is by design.
Every few years a new program rolls out. It takes advantage of the propensity of the human to follow a fad (brought out even more by American culture
and its grooming for short attention spans). It makes it more difficult for the parent to help the kid with homework, to a point that it is rare to
even see homework any more (unless you are talking higher mathematics, etc, where things change less frequently).
I sat down to help my son with some basic algebra, using the algebra i learned circa 1988-1992. Yeah, i got the right answers. But he was horrified
to see that what i was doing was not familiar. It is because there is some new math system being used (i hear it is popular in a lot of Texas
It is just like the story of Babel. We speak different languages in math and science than our children. My son, who graduated with honors, took 2
honors biology classes and never once heard of the Golgi apparatus. When it came up in a discussion he didn't know what i was talking about.
They even took away the brontosaurus. What is Fred Flintstone supposed to eat now???
Seriously...it is about making it difficult for parents to communicate academically with their kids. Scales are changed, fads are followed, and we
don't see the incremental stupidity and ignorance that is creeping up on us.