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By jesus christ / Saturday 1 October 2011 02:55 / United States
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It definitely does. Chicago recently decided to do something about the problem. They lengthened school days, and I think the school year too. The only difference that makes is that now the students have to sit through even more dumb shit. If they wanted to improve school performance, why didn't they work on the QUALITY of the classes, instead of just making them longer? Obviously their teaching methods are not working, so how is cramming more of the same into kids' heads going to make things bet

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A few idiots make everyone call Americans dumb and stereotype everyone here. I know it sounds crazy, but... there are genuinely stupid people in every country. Dumbasses are everywhere. That being said, that's craziness. Kids these days. I could understand if the kid was a bit younger, but a freshman? That's ridiculous. They should at least know basic georgraphy. Some small percentage of Americans can't even pick out North America on a globe. Crazy.

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67, I received most of my primary education in Europe, and some in the US. In Europe, the quality of the material was great, and school was only half as long as it was in the US. Compared with everything I learned in European schools, I honestly feel like school in the US just wasted my time. Graded coloring for math in high school? Seriously? All the information in that long, long, 8 hour day could be condensed in just 4, if you cut out all the inane fluff.

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Shrooms- It's true that the American education system needs a makeover but unfortunately, that makeover will not occur any time soon. The problem is not being attacked from its roots, and that is, the fluctuating economy. Teachers are being laid off at a mind boggling rate and their supplies are inadequate due to budget problems. The lack of parent involvement has also a lot to do with it, which in return is (most of the times) due to the the economy. Parents are focusing so much on trying to br

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That's true, yamatelle. Everything in a society is tightly connected, and if one component fails, everything else starts failing with it. Once the balance is disrupted, vicious cycles are created. A dumb future generation can't help the country get back on its feet much, can it? I have deep respect for all the teachers who still stand strong during tough economic times, as we all know how underpaid the profession in general tends to be.

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An unintelligent and fearful nation is easier to governs than an intelligent nation with ideals .. They won't fix the education system any time soon.. They don't teach much about Canada because we are a democracy, and they don't want you knowing to much on that subject lol, as with a lot of other potentially information potentially harmful to American government

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Well I can explain this. The kid was scared OP would smell his weed odor and bust him, and in turn, had a nervous breakdown.

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That's a matter of opinion. Many decent colleges are in America. Georgetown, Yale, Harvard? Those are part of the education system. More than that, it's the intelligence of the people and their will to learn. Then comes quality of material learned in class. For me, I go to a college prep school, and I enjoy cramming my head with information, so I would consider myself more educated than, say, a weed smoking teen in a public school. It's a matter of the way you learn, and how much you'll go out o

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there are probably less drugs here in Canada than in America asshole, think before u speak because we ain't so friendly when u make fun of us. :I thumbs down prickhead.

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Well, not everybody can know everything. Common knowledge to you might not be such for someone else, and vice versa. On the topic of geography, at least knowing where your own country is located, as well as it's neighbors, seems like the bare minimum geography a kid should know. Then again, some children naturally excel in certain areas and greatly lag in others, and it can be quite tough getting them to catch up. It doesn't automatically make him/her an idiot.

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In this case... it does. In 9th grade and not being able to locate the sole two countries neighbooring yours? It's not even about not studying enough at this point...

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I agree it's baffling as to how he/she got away with not knowing this for all these years, but it still does not automatically make him/her an idiot, if maybe just a little slow.

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My god. I live in Canada, and I got chewed out by my socials teacher because I didn't know all of the countries on a pre World War One map of Europe. God forbid this kid could tell the difference between Canada & Mexico.

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the ydi's are probably mostly from idiot potheads who saw "anti-drugs" and just hit the "deny reality" button on reflex

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