GoVanGogh Posted March 4, 2012 Share Posted March 4, 2012 ...sometimes I think you don't quite grasp the level of lying that goes on in some American schools today. Our American ancestors in one-room schoolhouses, crowded tenement Sunday schools, and homeschools knew they were less educated than other people in the world. The eighth-grade graduate of a pioneer school knew he was less educated than the eastern dude whose daddy could afford college. Our uneducated American children today have no idea how dumb they are. They are told that they're smart, and they're given A's they did not earn. Anything above comatose gets an "attaboy," any effort above cheating is praised. It's all to mollify the parents, keep the government money coming, and feed the beast, and the entire nation is paying the price. I can't emphasize how rare it is for a child sitting in one of these factories for mushy brains to sit up and say, "What the h*ll is going on here? I'm not learning a d*mn thing, and these people around here are even dumber than me. My teacher is lying, my principal is lying, and I know for a fact my test scores are lying." No way. One in ten thousand, maybe. Now, that's what some of us did last generation. And then we tuned out the school people all day and biked to the library to educate ourselves. But we could, you see, because before they stopped teaching us they did bother to teach us to read with phonics. We could read, so we could learn on our own. Our libraries were pretty good 20 years ago, too. Also, they didn't puff us up 20 years ago. They didn't lie to us about our accomplishments. Not like now. And we never, ever, ever got 'participation trophies' in Little League. When we faced the world at 17 or 18 the picture was fairly clear. No matter who was to blame, we understood the score, and we still had the guts to deal with it. I don't think it's the same now. Oh, boy, am I gonna get it tomorrow after some people read this. AuntieM once told me I was a straight-shooter, though, and sometimes I just have to get out the old soapbox and shoot my mouth off. Ugh. Sorry. I think this needs said. It's not happening in ALL schools but it's happening in many. Inner-city, rural, mountain, and even suburban schools have become worse than ineffective. They've become a sham. This post was very eye-opening to read first thing this morn. I know I have read statistics that American students rank themselves as some of the best in the world, where their test scores show the opposite. But I have never heard it talked about or debated. I know our school district - affluent suburb of a major city - has some of the highest scores on our state standardized tests. Around 90% of our students go on to college. But the state ranks schools by the number of high school graduates that need remedial classes in college and how many actually graduate. 72% of our students take at least one remedial class in college, while 76% of students at the "awful" school on the other side of the city take remedial classes. Really not that big of a difference, considering how vastly different the schools are. I don't remember the graduation rates for our school, but know that across the state less than 40% of college students graduate within 4 years. In our own neighborhood, not one of the children that went on to college in the past few years graduated. One died of a drug overdoes, two are in jail for drugs and the rest flunked or dropped out. I am interested in hearing more about how American standards stack up. I know people look at me like I'm crazy for homeschooling in such a "wonderful" school district. But how do you make sure your homeschool student is ready for college when you are surrounded by low standards? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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