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Just play finding Nemo in French with English subtitles for them. Thats what my french sub teachers did.
Once when I was in middle school a new kid was having trouble naming all 7 continents and our super strict teacher wouldn't move on until he did. We ended up whispering that Canada and Russia were continents and he said it while believing us. Our teacher then gave up on him for much of the year
Its not exactly just this generation, its laziness and getting priorities mixed up. Parents no longer think its their responsibility to teach children everyday things while teachers lack the freedom (and responsibility). It seems that everyone believes that instead of knowing things like doing your own taxes/billing/accounting, taking care of babies, cooking and sewing (which they took out of my school) and decided to replaced them with algebra and calculus. They do not teach about life and what you could be, they teach about what they want.
It is. It's because we've come to despise greatness. This generation wants to believe that being equal means being the same, and refuses to accept that some people are naturally gifted in ways others aren't. So we adopt policies such as 'no child left behind' and when these policies fail we lower the bar until all children are behind. There needs to be a fundamental and radical change in education, starting with the federal government backing out so that states can adapt their criteria to fit local needs and customs. We need to recognize talented students and invest in them by accelerating them through the system. Less talented students can still be taught skills and trades that will make them contributing members of society with less focus on getting them into college student debt for a degree they will likely never use. There is nothing wrong with this. It does not show favoritism or nepotism in the least. All students have the same opportunity, it is up to them to apply themselves and seize the opportunity for themselves. Lastly, we need to quit celebrating stupidity. I am fine with grammar nazis. I'm fine with ridiculing the idiots dat talk lyk dis. We need to popularize great spiritual leaders, philosophers, community leaders, artists, and authors. We should trivialize the influence of rappers, actors, and sports stars. Their fame does not qualify them any more credible or experienced than any other average joe. Sorry to rant like this, but I have two children and it grinds at me that the public education system is guaranteed to fail them. I help them with their homework and it is pathetic. We're a generation that teaches facts, not thinking ability. Cogs in a machine; that's what we're creating. Good little workers, guaranteed to slave for the corporate machine, vote for who the newspaper tells them to, and empowered to live a life of financial debt. Until we recognize that the powers we've charged with providing for us are actually treading on us, the generations will continue to get dumber.
Wow... You should teach them the French speaking countries and only talk to them in French...