As school ends
Thursday, May 24, 2007

I look at my students and, for the most part, think they are pretty good kids. Sure they can be annoying, rude, and difficult, but they really are trying to do the best they can. I am a little worried though as they head out there...the world is not friendly and they are ill equipped to deal with it because all school has become is a place where we spend all year working on the material contained in a single test so that we will not lose our jobs and so that our students will be prepared to pass the final test of high school that will give them their all important diploma. Gone are all the real world life lessons we used to teach. Gone are the hands on , project based lessons. Gone are the activities and the memorable experiences, and the lessons that provide students the opportunities to develop and grow as a person...So when you look for the future of America and think of those who will become world leaders,doctors, lawyers, business people, you'd better hope the only crisis they face is one involving a multiple choice test.


Friday, May 25, 2007 10:25 AM


I have to agree with Kallyn. Much as there no standardized testing to rank a student's support worth and abilities on a national scale (got rid of that after mom went to high school in the 60s), people like myself are getting judged on whether they can match a given criteria of aptitude that isn't all that fitting to a number of jobs in the real world. And high schools are letting too many people with sub-par skill sets graduate because they don't want to have to take extra time for students who can't seem to grasp the material the first time around. My brother's a good example of this.


Thursday, May 24, 2007 7:56 AM


I agree fully. I dont like the concept that school is not based upon the process of learning, but the process of being marked.

I live in Canada, so the system is different (no SAT etc.) but the premice is the same.

Thursday, May 24, 2007 7:44 AM


And the lack of a number two pencil.


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