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Originally posted by OptimusSubprime
Another reason are tenured teachers that don't give a damn, and are there for the paycheck, benefits, and future pension upon retirement.
Originally posted by mamabeth
Not only switch off the telly but video games as well.
Originally posted by RealSpoke
I'm in college and have never seen something that bad. A lot of people cannot spell properly, but spelling doesn't equate intelligence.
In Ohio you have to pass graduation tests to get a high school diploma. English is one of the sections, so you can't really be horrible..unless you get a GED.
Originally posted by wigit
It's because they didn't read enough books growing up. Schools spend too much time changing from one subject to the next, hour after hour, year in year out, and teachers think "I've told them about this , now they know it" then she ticks her little box. Most things need repeated or learned by experience. REPETITION! REPETITION!
Parents should keep the TV off and only use it as the occasional treat, or if there's a learning programme on.
I grew up with three TV channels. So if there were no cartoons on I'd have to sit through a nature documentary or whatever else was on. When my mum watched Ironside or Kojak or some crap hospital drama, I'd turn to my books.
I've two sons. The older one can spell and form complete sentences, he sailed through school and left with higher maths, physics, etc, my other son is an academic failure. I don't need to say which one was the avid reader. With your first child you pay more attention to what he's doing, in case you fail them, or you think they'll fail you. That's your "practise child". When another comes along you're more relaxed and let things go and only later you see what could have been done different. I wish I'd gotten my second son to love books.
Mums and dads switch your telly off.
edit on 24-2-2012 by wigit because: speling misteak
Originally posted by nightstalker78
reply to post by FFS4000
Yeah,it's always "tptb" fault.Or it's much simplier,some people are just dumb.Or have learning disabilities.
Either way,the examples the op gave are pure b.s. in my eyes.They look like they were written by someone in 2nd grade."How the heart pump is a pump".Seriously? Gonna have to provide a little more proof for me to believe they were written by an adult.edit on 24-2-2012 by nightstalker78 because: (no reason given)edit on 24-2-2012 by nightstalker78 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by RealSpoke
reply to post by wigit
Repetition doesn't really teach anything other than skills. Like art or how to play basketball.
If you are NOT interested in the subject being taught, then you will NOT remember much of it. I don't remember 99.9% of math I learned in school, even though I repeated it throughout the years. I would repeat it/study it and then on the test get a D. I never really LEARNED IT.
If you are in college and cannot read or write in this day and age it has nothing to do with the television. The person probably has a learning disability.
Originally posted by alienorgy
Repeating is the problem. Critical thinking is no longer taught to our children.