By teacher - 31/08/2010 14:50 - United States
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I declare that half of the people on FML are completely dumb. 22 being one. OP don't worry! Why? Cuz in the USA, the biggest country in the world isn't Soviet Russia, it's China! Also in the USA the Middle East is a continent! ( my school is an exam school and this is what the kids think go figure)
listen you idiots. why are you blaming the 6th grade teacher? school just started so it's not the teachers fault. you have to blame the parents and the 5th grade teacher. also quit blaming public schools. by the 5th grade most of us knew every state and capital of them states in the US.
Actually, there IS an Arizona, Canada. But it's not east of Toronto - it's in the Manitoba province. Go to Google Maps and search for Arizona, Canada. Anyhow, I doubt that's the Arizona they were talking about. Idiots like that should be taken out back and shot - clean up the gene pool. ;-)
Go utilize those mad teaching skills and correct them before they go throughout high school and on into college still thinking that...
They were probably thinking of alaska... I'm sure they'll learn, they're sixth graders which I think is 11 at oldest..
I've seen 12 year olds in the sixth grade - I did a Co-op teaching grade 5 a few years ago. But yeah, they wouldn't have necessarily learned the right answer yet, especially if it's just the beginning of the year. Not all classes in previous years covers that type of material, and if it's the beginning of the year still, it wouldn't have been covered yet. That's what the teacher's for... to teach them the right answer. :D
Trisha (#74), I meant I could understand why they might be confused if it was Alaska they were talking about. Not that Alaska was part of Canada. Sheesh was that such a difficult concept to get. Those kids are 12, I can't imagine their geography knowledge is perfect at that age. And yes, Ohthebloodygore is right, I'm from the UK, not the US, therefore I forgot which way the years to grades difference went, so I used the one I know as I knew it would only be one year off. Also, I think you meant 'unless you're an idiot'. Also, I've never repeated a year, I've never failed an important exam either. Please try again. :)
I generally agree with you Cinn because that does make sense. But I personally think that something so ridiculously simple as to teaching that Canada is an entire country on it's, not just a state in the US, should be left to the parents! Also in comment 72 you said "seeing as it is surrounded by Canada whilst not technically being a part of it". Being Canadian this made me rage a little, not gonna lie, Alaska is on the mainland of north america, yes, and is. bordered at the south east by the Yukon territtory of Canada, but otherwise it is lsurrounded" by water, aside from some Canadian islands to the north/north east :P and it is NOT part of Canada at all, saying technically makes it seem like you're trying to say that Canada and Alaska are basically the same, although I'm sure this is not what you meant. Even so I have no reason to hate on you.
@Perdix - I can't say I know that much about state culture :P Also, is there really no limit on how many times you can fail a year and be held back? I mean, here, even if you fail the year you still get to the next one, untill you get to the end of Secondary school, at which point if your grades aren't high enough to be accepted into a college you have to go find a job...
@Crashtest - I'm not saying the kids should believe Canada is part of the USA, or that Alaska is part of Canada, I was just saying that I could understand why they might think it would be. Also, by 'surrounded by' I was referring to bordering countries (ignoring water based bordering), and by 'technically not being part of it' I mean that even though it's attached geographically, it's not the same country. Hope that makes more sense. :)
not every 12 year old knows the exact same things as every other 12 year old. for example I was in advanced classes my entire elementary school career, so I wasn't dumb enough to think "dur dur Canada is a state." I knew it was the country above the US because I learned that in the 4th grade. generalizing that every 6th grader knows the same things is completely wrong.
I'm not sure who that was aimed at, tweetbaby, but I'll reply anyway. :) You are right that everyone knows different stuff, but I would imagine that states is stuff that gets taught in USA schools, therefore there would be a point at which a child would learn this. However at 12 they're not that old, so they might not have had geography drummed into their head, so some mistakes would be understandable for them to make. Though I agree, thinking Arizona being in Canada is a bad one.