By Anonymous - 25/02/2014 21:17 - United States - Fort Worth
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At least you know your class will never be dull... Just grab some popcorn while you're at it...
Colonel Sanders has my loyalty when I was drafted into the war of fried chicken vs baked.
And this is the reason the US is falling behind in education. My 3 year old nephew can tell you who Uncle Sam is.
Actually the reason US education has fallen behind (not is falling, we are already far below over 25 nations) is because of a broken education system. This is not the fault of the kids, but rather of the legislators who give less and less money to education and throw more at the military. The kids are simply the product of this system which pays educators poorly and emphasizes standardized testing rather than actual learning. 'Murica! :)
Then why doesn't education improve when schools are given more money? If you asked me, I'd say it's because of the corrupt teachers unions keeping horrible teachers employed. Apparently shooting up heroin in an elementary school staff bathroom can't even get you fired these days.
#60 Holy shit. Someone gets the point. I'm totally with you on standardized test out weight actual teachings. Unfortunately I don't see it changing at least in the near future. #64 There are a ton of terrible teachers out there but some who are brilliant and deserved to be paid for their efforts.
65, I agree, and part of the reason good teachers can't get paid more is because the teachers' union allows terrible teachers to stay employed for decades and receive raise after raise. Btw, 60, the military isn't exactly swimming in cash these days either. It's gotten budget cut after budget cut and downsize after downsize under the current administration, and some in Washington are even proposing that the military be downsized to pre-WWII proportions.
I hate when people judge people solely on how smart they are and they think they are so above people "nowadays" that are so "stupid" when in reality they are the ones with less to offer. Just treat everyone with respect for the things they do well and you won't have to think so highly of yourself.
I went to a magnet school that shared a building with a public school, the difference in the caliber of teachers you get when you pay them better AND have the authority to fire them at will is amazing. We had several teachers, at least five that I can remember, who held doctorates or phds in their fields and both my geometry and physics teachers were high level engineers at some point. I cant judge every public school teacher harshly but there were several who taught in the same building who only had their jobs because it was too much effort to fire them after they got automatic tenure. one of the computer teachers was verbally abusive and physically assaulted students multiple times (shoving and things along those lines but still assault. A lot of the other teachers were just putting in minimum effort and I had friends whose teachers actually told them they didnt give a sh*t if students passed, failed or even learned anything. Schools need to have more individual control over how much they pay teachers and a lot more control over the firing process.
To whoever thinks the military is going to be downsized, your are so wrong! The government just keeps all the real info behind their backs where us plain folk can't see. And as for school budgets, they are almost all absorbed into the technology the school uses. Tier 1 schools(low budget), even elementary, have ipads(class sets) and computer labs.
104, I never said the military was going to be downsized to pre-WWII levels, just that it had been proposed. On the contrary, I don't think Republicans or the general public will stand for it, but it just goes to show how little some in the federal government care about the military. Also, the military has already been downsized, just so you know. About two years ago, thousands of my fellow sailors were laid off.
Not really, 109. Some of the worst schools in the country are in highly populated cities. However, yes, schools in more affluent places tend to have better graduation and performance rates, but that also has to do with affluent parents valuing their children's education and pushing their children to perform better.
We spend more on our military than the next 26 countries combined, 23 of which are our allies. The military accounts for almost 20% of the Federal budget. Education only accounts for less than 4%. We are behind because we as a nation do not value education. Parents do not care about their kids education, teachers are underpaid and underappreciated, and we do not show our support at the ballot box when new funding measures come to the table. More importantly, there is rampant corruption in the upper management so the tax dollars that should be going to text books are being spent on redecorating the superintendent's office, or bonuses to the members of the state board of education.
I agree - I was never in any AP classes in high school, and had peers and "friends" who referred to those of us who weren't in honors or AP classes as stupid quite often. Just because someone may be in an AP class doesn't necessarily mean that they are more intelligent and 'better' than those around them. I've known many people who did great in school, but had absolutely no common sense or street smarts.
Thanks for founding our country! Now out children are so stupid they don't know who you are
I think it varies by school. In my old high school, you had to have good grades in the subject the year before to get AP classes (or a teacher recommendation). Your request for AP physics, for example, would be denied if you didnt have a good grade in honors physics the year before
As someone who has taught AP classes for years, I can tell you that there is a huge difference between being a good, diligent student and a thinker. A lot of my AP students are really good at studying, learning stuff and taking tests but not that great at thinking. My AP students always say ridiculous things like this.