reply to post by LUXUS
S & F. Great topic. And A LOT of great posts here.
I agree that the education system is lacking. Big time. And I agree as to the main reason why. The Federal Government put a program in place years ago
under the title of "No child left behind". And it's true. Just as many, if not more, kids are receiving passing grades and graduating high school.
What they didn't tell us, what we had to find out on our own, is that the program put in place rewards public schools in the way of more funding in
tandem with the average grades of the students. And to help implement this, the AIMS and other like tests were put in place to gauge a students
progress. What that really means, and more people are finding this out, is that the emphasis is put on passing those tests which in large measure is
dependent on teachers teaching the pupils how to pass those tests. It is NOT dependent on teachers teaching the curriculum the students need to pass
the tests on their own.
Because of the way it was all implemented and slowly integrated into the system, people really didn't see it coming. They were blindsided to the fact
that this process is going to dumb people down. And because people were blindsided, they equate passing those tests as having gained a lot of
knowledge about the subjects they passed. Sorry, but you don't gain knowledge about something by taking a test about it before you learn it. You have
to learn it first. What people don't understand is that these tests are worded in such a way as to give the students who are taking the test the
impression that they were taught the information in the months prior to the test being taken. They weren't. What the students were taught was how to
pass the test. There's a difference.
In the 2nd grade I was teaching myself long form multiplication and division tables at home. I WANTED to learn. I would take my "homework" to school
and ask my teacher when we were going to learn this in school. She just looked at me as if to say "What the hell is wrong with you?"
( I thought
it was a legitimate question, but in hindsight, my teacher thought I was a bit of a prick) She would tell me that those problems would be taught at
the end of the year. She was a nice lady. But since I didn't have to learn the topics as they were being taught, as I put myself ahead of the curve,
it afforded me the opportunity to see how it all works a little bit. As much as an 8 year old can see something like that. At the end of the year I
saw how the topics that were being taught led to the test itself. I'm not seeing that same process being played out anymore. I'm not seeing a gradual
progression of topics being taught through the year and the test at the end being based on all that. I'm seeing tests being based on the fact alone
that you have to pass that test. And that's what they teach you. How to pass a test. You're not being taught to learn.
Someone else mentioned the difference in the same school teaching different things in different generations. I can kind of relate. My daughter goes to
a different school then I did, but based on the curriculum she's taking in the grade she's in now, and the curriculum I was taking at the same age, in
two different schools 2,000 miles apart in different time frames, they're relatively the same. The difference though is what I just mentioned in the
previous paragraphs. The methods and reasons that they're teaching kids are dumbing them down. I have noticed though that from the time she was
home-schooled, to her time in a charter school and now a public school, she's never had to study hard to get her A's. It just comes naturally and I
thank God for that. I shudder at the thought that she would have to actually learn something relevant in a public school. Don't get me wrong, she's
not some kind of kind of know-it-all brainiac, but she is ahead of the curve in that the information given to her that she needs to learn from just
comes naturally to her. She doesn't really have to try that hard.
And that's really my whole point here. Whether you have to work hard at getting knowledge or not, get it. Whether you're self-taught, it's in your
genes or you have to go though the grind like the majority of people, get educated. It's not a disease. You're not going to die from it. And for those
of you out there like me and my daughter, to where it seems to come naturally.......don't piss on it like I did. Take it seriously. Trust me, you're
going to be shown a lot of doors of opportunity. Open them. Take advantage of them. If you don't you're going to be kicking yourself in the future for
not taking your God given gift and working it like you should.
How about we all post a link in our signatures to a website that has educational value? A .edu site? Something that can help people teach themselves
something of value?
Deny Ignorance right?
edit on 6-9-2012 by Taupin Desciple because: (no reason given)