posted on Apr, 24 2014 @ 08:45 PM
So let me begin by clarifying that it's not ALL public schools I've lost hope in, just certain ones around my current location. The school my
daughters attend/attended is fantastic. It's in a "rich" city, the students still have textbooks, they use pen and paper, no donated iPads and Macs
from Apple to the school, they offer Advanced Placement programs and last year my oldest daughter's class of 380 students had a 100% graduation rate.
My other daughter is currently a Junior at this school and, like her older sister, will graduate next year with an Associates Degree from Ohio
University alongside her high school diploma. Both of my daughters have taken advantage of the AP courses and post-secondary education option, as well
as being National Honor Society members. My stepdaughter's school district, however, is what has me in disbelief right now.
All year we've been rewarding my stepdaughter (hereby known as R for the remainder of the post) for having A's and B's all school year for the
first time ever. R is an 8th grader this year. This year was also the first full year that R's class has things called Study Islands. Rather than be
given homework every night, they are given access to these Study Islands on the first day of the term with the stipulation being that all the
assignments be completed by the end of the term. They have no textbooks because everything is online for them to access with their donated iPads and
Macs. Hubby and I (oh so wrongly) assumed that this new way of learning was really working for her. How wrong we were!
Because we usually only see R on the weekends, I have not had first hand experience with how the Study Islands work. This week, however, she was here
and I got to witness the atrocity that is being referred to as an education in her school. With the end of term this week, R had to finish 5 more
sections of Math. This is what I saw her do:
1. Go to online webpage and open the math section (here is where I got to see nothing but 70% on EVERY SINGLE assignment)
2. Go to the next assignment
3. Read the question and hit every multiple choice answer until the right one is chosen
4. Repeat step 3 for 30 questions
5. Receive a 10% for the assignment
6. Leave the assignment then reenter it
7. Read the question and select the correct answer that was memorized from previous run-through
8. Stop when you've reached a 70% because that's all that's needed for a passing grade
Not only are they given multiple choice answers, but the questions are repeated EXACTLY with the EXACT same answer options. It's nothing but pure
memorization with no need to actually have to KNOW how to do anything. When I asked her how she has an A (because she was completely clueless how to
do any of the math) she said that when she fails a test she's given the right answers and just memorizes that and can retake it. WHAT??? How is this
considered teaching??? Added to that the fact that kids can have their cell phones on and text in class and it seems like TPTB are succeeding in their
dumbing down of upcoming generations.