It’s not QUITE this bad, really… The biggest problem that I can think of with the education system right now (at least the one I’m a part of) is the constant standardized testing. Multiple choice questions can only show so much. Schools do that because it’s easy to grade; nowadays they even have machines that will count little filled-in bubbles so the teachers can just do nothing. But I haven’t learned a single important thing in high school so far, because the teachers focus more on the SAT and the HSA and all the other random assessments with their stupid acronyms, and they don’t focus at all on things we might actually need to learn. It’s just as important to be able to read and appreciate literature as it is to be able to analyze a sentence and tell if it’s “grammatically correct”. That’s all thanks to the standardized tests. I read the classic ’1984′ in my literature class in high school last year, and I didn’t get it at all, because my teacher didn’t talk about the author’s wonderful style of writing or his fantastic idea. We didn’t talk about the themes very much, even. All we discussed was how to analyze his writing to see where he used proper grammar and where he didn’t. I didn’t understand the book; none of my classmates understood the book…we were like monkeys, or at least that’s how it felt. I would have liked to have read the book and discussed it as a sork of literature rather than an example of grammar in reality. It’s kind of ironic, really. Later, when I read the story on my own, I realized that half its themes were proven by my classes and the fact that they now even act like it’s a criminal offense to think outside the schoolroom’s box. Ugh. I wish I was homeschooled.
I mean I don’t want to be the jerk here but some schools I used to go to were like this.But that was just my experience and I know my mom was really involved in my school.
Agreed. I really dislike this cartoon as a comparison to our education system. It’s only the parents failing as parents when their child fails in school. People are lazy and expect someone else to see to their child’s future.
yeah that’s what the moron tree climbers want to think…it’s not the school systems fault that parents don’t help their kids with schoolwork or teach them things on their own anymore…this sort of effect doesn’t happen in private schools…it takes paying for your kids education to actually motivate parents to participate in their children’s education…
This is basically the subtle racism of low expectations…we are ALL one species and we could all climb that tree, but to just accept that some people can’t do certain things because of who they are and give up on it does a disservice to everybody…kids all think they are special snowflakes these days, that they need 2 or 3 medications to get them to pay attention in school for 6 hours and they can only learn through a TV! if you don’t challenge kids to do things they think they can’t you end up with unmotivated children dropping out left and right because they were TOLD the schools failed them…if you don’t expect great things from your children you will not get children that do great things…just a whole group of monkeys that think they are elephants and fish and birds, incapable of climbing the damn tree!