By jesus christ - 01/10/2011 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 better? The American school system in general needs a makeover.
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.
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.
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 bring money in the house that they don't have time for the kids anymore. If the government dealt with the economical problems first, it would make this "makeover" a lot easier, and from then on, the other problems could be dealt with one at a time.
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.
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
*facepalm* unfortunately, some kids just aren't taught/don't care. It's sad though =/
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 of the way to learn.
Canadian people are very friendly. He could might as well be right that the drugs go there.
What an idiot! And most maps have labels, unless you looked for one without it :| Any ways, your teaching idiots.
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.
Dunno why there are so many YDIs on this one, because people these days really are stupid...
Anti drugs speeches? How about some actual, factual education about drugs instead of spending so much money, time, and resources on bullshit "just say no" campaigns? Be it drugs, sex, or even rock&roll, everybody knows those are ineffective at best, and make kids want to rebel even more at worst.