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  1. Sylvie Goudeau

    I completely disagree with the above! As a teacher I would be delighted if all my students made As, but they don’t – no more than all children are good at playing music, or gymnastics, or sports, or singing, dancing etc. Why would all of a sudden be uniformity in academics??? And you speak of the bar being raised all the time to ‘fail’ students? You should spend time in the public school system – the bar is lowered rather than raised and we pass students at the elementary level who are not ready for the next grade!!! Your view may sound intellectually valid – it is not however based on facts!!!

  2. Michael Young

    “You should spend time in the public school system – the bar is lowered rather than raised and we pass students at the elementary level who are not ready for the next grade!!! ”

    I see.

    Why do you do that?

  3. Eddie Cazayoux

    Before community colleges, UL had to accept any student who graduated high school. Many had to take remedial classes especially in math and English. What amazed me was that many of those students turned out to be great design students. My conclusion was that they were bored in high school – mainly because they learned in a different way than the way they were taught. It is like the left brain kids got it and the right brain kids did not. We educated with a lot of hands-on exercises – drawing and building. These poor high school students loved it, understood, and excelled.

    I would give a freshman intro class a little exercise – answering questions and making a graphic image based on their answers. It showed that many of the were more apt to learning by doing than by reading and memorizing. I would have employers come to the School and ask to interview students for hiring them. They were not interested in the students with the most knowledge of using a computer, but a student who grew up working on taking his bicycle apart and putting it back together, or a car or truck or tractor. It was the creative side they were looking for in a student. I had one parent tell me that to be patient with their son because he was not “college material”. This kid excelled in the design field.

    I think the first thing our educational system needs to know is how do these young people learn. Once that is understood, then an education system can be developed to give these students information in a way that they can process it and turn it into knowledge.

    • Bookscrounger

      I would like to believe that if we could raise and educate them, and simply preserve their curiosity, they would all be life-long learners. Because really, they are. They just stop learning about things that can help them build the complete life…

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