Let me offer a counter viewpoint here. I’ve posted in other school threads and I agree with the majority of the posters that post in these threads. Here are my credentials to compare to yours: I graduated in '03. I took Calculus 1 & 2 while in high school. I also took AP English (which really didn’t do me any good because I am the worst speller on the planet), chemistry and physics. I never did homework my entire time in high school because I didn’t want to. I graduated 12th in a class of 300+ with a 4.21 GPA. I was also the foreman of both of my shop classes, was first chair trumpet and marching band section leader. Also, in my 2nd year drafting class, we were given all semester to design, draw and detail a house. I finished in 3 weeks. My teacher then let me go do whatever I pleased the remainder of the year and I thought the class in his abscenses. I honestly didn’t care about graduating at the top of my class. My concern was applying myself to learn everything that I needed/wanted to to benefit me in my life. I then went on to college to persue a Mech Engineering degree in college. I was in college for a couple of years and dropped out because I realized that everything I was force-fed about going to college while I was still in school was complete lies and that it was a money sucking cesspool that does not pay you back in this day and age. I do now have a Mech Engineering job working on power plants.
I do not post that to sound arogant in any way, just as a comparison for you since we are essentially in the same demographic. When I was in school, kids that couldn’t learn/didn’t want to learn were held back until they were competent enough to progress. We were still ranked in our class as for who did the best. We were still given grades. We were taught not only to remember stuff for end of grade testing, but also to reason. Classes were keep to 25 or fewer students per class.
Now, classes are over stuffed with kids. Students aren’t taught to reason anymore. They are taught to memorize stupid tid-bits so they can regurgitate them at the end of the year on the stupid standardized test. Kids that cannot nor do not want to learn are pushed ahead to the next grade anyways. I have several friends that are teachers that have to spend their own money to buy supplies they need for their students because schools are overcrowded and underfunded. A lot of the teachers now do not care about helping the students learn, just pushing them through the system. Sure, there are still several fantastic teachers out there, but I think most of them are of the old guard and are being phased out. These stupid zero tolerance policies do not help the situation at all. The public school system has been going down the crapper for years. Of course there are certain good public schools in certain locations. But the vast majority of them now just completely suck.
But onto the main topic of this thread, I think its time for the students to stand up against this nonsense. If I were still in school, I would get everyone to show up to school one day wearing a shirt with some sort of gun on it and have everyone meet on the football field to play a giant game of war or cops and robbers or something instead of going to class. Will it help the situation at all? Probably not. But at least the students will have made a point.
This entire situation is nonsense. But I do agree that a lot of it comes down to the kids, not neccessarily being “stupid” (although a lot blatantly are), but them not having the initiative and motivation to improve themselves. I blame that on pathetic parenting and the school system focusing solely on moving kids through as opposed to helping them figure out what their strengths are, fostering those and helping them develope their weaknesses. The public school system is shot.