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Public schools in america
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Posted 11/12/07
I really don't think I can give a 'concrete' opinion on this since my experience in high school is different from the majority. Anyways, I came to this country and entered 9th grade in a public school. Did not have much choice since it was the only school with a program of English for speakers of foreign languages. I basically spent the first year learning English, the other three were a complete waste from my point of view. You can easily fit the school program in 3 years instead of four, and half the year was all about practicing to pass the Florida's Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) I found this to be nonsense. What is the point in practicing for something when most of those students have not been exposed to the skills necessary to understand the test?
I saw students taking geometry at 11th grade. The FCAT requires some geometry knowledge and was taken on 10th grade. >_>
what do you expect?

My 3rd year I took honor classes, and meh just because there is more work does not mean it is more challenging. Many of the standards put in honor classes should be part of regular classes.
4th year only did 6 months because I finished all my credits. Yeah, the credit system I had to complete seems illogical to me. Also, many classes could easily be taken in 6 months instead of the entire year.

- The standards are just too low and I think should be raised early in the student's academic life, ( around middle school)
- Workload amount =/= efficiency increase
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Posted 11/12/07
Generalizing is unfair because there are always exceptions......
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Posted 11/12/07
I go to a public school luckily I was above average. Many kids thought that negate wasn't a real word. Now I admit my spelling is below average but my vocabulary is better than most of the teachers. Still awesome video. I sent it to all the teachers whose email addresses I could find. Also a big WTF goes to their bill of rights and civil war answers.
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Posted 11/12/07
While I was watching this video, I thought "is this America they're talking about?" Quite disappointing, considering we are the most powerful and richest country, the "superpower" of the world. The fault is not of the schools, parents, or students, however, I think all of it contribute to the problem.
Those who say that you don't care or it "doesnt concern me" as long as you live in America it does.
What affect America, also affect its people. At this rate, America can't compete with other nations in technology,nor business.
America's days as a superpower are slowly dipping away I'm afraid.
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Posted 11/12/07
i use to care so much about school in middle school and such, now im in highschool, and i think about it, we're just here to get a diploma n go to college, none of the stuff i learn will ever be use in real life situations, w/e i could be wrong,
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Posted 11/12/07
i dunno, but it deends on the students as well..
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Posted 11/12/07
i went to both private schools and public schools. first private school then to public school. honestly i have to say that my education was still the same....all my teachers knew what they were teaching.

i have found that many people from my high school went to good colleges like berkeley, yale, harvard, stanford and other prestiges school. my school makes the honor classes really challenging and therefore forces you to think...i really think that the video exagerrates and doesn't show the whole picture
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Posted 11/12/07
Though my public school experience was not in the norm, since I lived in a school district that is pretty good and I believe that I really did learn a great deal at my school, I did have friends who had to go to some pretty sucky schools. I mean, by the time that they graduated, some of them didn't even now that the capital of our state was Sacramento; for goodness sakes, I learned that in elementary school. It's stagerring really to see how the environment of the school affects the students. While I won't be totally biased and say that there were no dumb people at my school, people actually cared about at least graduating. I think from my class, only 1 person didn't graduate, out of approximately 600 students.
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Posted 11/12/07
that video is exaggerated, our school sux but no where near wut the video show
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Posted 11/12/07
my results are shitty
average i tink only 60+
and i get 3rd in class
and 28th in whole lvl
de problem now is
my sch is actually a top 10 neighbourhood sch
my sch sucks
yay!!
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Posted 11/12/07
Hopefully you all know the media is manipulated to an extent, i have gone to some top schools in America. But when the media makes America look foolish,naive, and among other things, and actually living here. It's not too far off from the truth.
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Posted 11/12/07
American public schools really are worthless. I took an honors US History course in the 11th grade only to find out that all I learned in that class was to perfect my stick figure art. I switched into a regular class with a better teacher the following term and definitely learned more than I did in honors. Same goes for French, took 3 years of it and don't remember anything except for "Je n'ai sais pas" or "I don't know". On the other hand, I had some awesome teachers that actually cared if you did good or not, but they tend to be the younger ones or the AP teachers - they definitely helped prepared me for college. My sister is in elementary at the moment, and she's only in 5th grade but thanks to our parents, she's at 8th grade level math and reading (she's also in gifted program too).
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Posted 11/12/07
i think everyone here pretty much agrees that public schools suck. i was luck and went to a private middle school and then to a magnet high school. now i'm in college and can get a B on anything without studying or if i want to put in 20mins worth of studying, I can get an A.
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Posted 11/12/07

mushroomjay wrote:


lazypower wrote:


mushroomjay wrote:

Of COURSE American's are stupid. Look at your average CR forum poster.
Need I explain any more?


and you're one of them
kids these days


Ah clearly you don't know the definition of average. Average isn't all, it is the larger sum of.

Ignorant twit.



You fail.
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Posted 11/12/07
I really dislike my school.

First off, the teachers, for the most part, are horribble. My Utah Studies (History for seventh graders in Utah) teacher didn't even know the names of all the counties in Utah. It was REALLY sad. The only good teachers I have are my honors english and U.S. History teacher. D:

My school is really.... trashy, to say the least. All the lockers have large dents in them, along with pleanty of grafiti. One of them even has blood stains on it.... 0_0

MOST of the students are really carless. They don't care about their grades at all.... they only really care about stuff like their make-up or their bf/gfs.

My parents have been wanting to send me to a private art school for awhile now..... and, I have to say the only thing I would miss would be my friends.
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