Schools Dumb Lessons Down Too Far As some may already know, I am a student. I am known by my friends as a science nerd, but this only means I know a thing about how stuff works and I occasionally find myself reading the dictionary... Anyway, one time in science class my teacher told us we were going to be doing some "difficult" research... One of the words we needed to know was gravity. The state-sanctioned textbook defined gravity as "The force that pulls rocks and land downward." I could think of a better definition instantly! After 5 seconds of thought, I came up with "The weakest of the fundamental forces of the Universe, it binds planets into orbit around stars and attracts objects to one another by means of mass." You may think "oh, but this is just one example" but even last year in 7th Grade Bio class, we spent 20 minutes just "learning" how to say Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA). This results in 8th grade students thinking that a "shooting star" is actually a type of star! Thanks, school districts! We need to at least offer an advanced class for every subject, if not change all of our lesson plans!!!!!!!!>:(
The Laptops Are GARBAGE!!!!!!!!! As some may know, I am a student. So I am very close to many school issues. For example, my middle school provides us with laptops. So far, for 3 years. Year number 1- Multitudes of parent complaints. Takes at least 5 minutes to log in or out. Terrible internet access. The following year, a flyer was sent home stating that laptops would be issued again. Then, due to all the issues caused by laptops last year, they said this: "THESE ARE NOT THE SAME DEVICES GIVEN TO YOUR CHILD LAST YEAR." [bold and italicized]. They were still terrible, took 3 or more minutes to boot up, and had over half the internet blocked, as well as many teacher spyware programs. The schools seemed to like the control they had over students with these laptops, so they gave us the exact same ones this year. Students now refer to them as craptops, with no more computing power than an internet-enabled calculator. What the schools should do is allow kids to bring their own device and keep a few craptops for the people who have nothing. But the schools won't be okay with that because they would need our permission to install a bunch of junk on our computers. But it would be some serious improvement.
8th grade student trying to learn
Teachers can be Lazy We've all had one. That lazy teacher who just sits up front and hands out packets. If teachers are paid based on seniority, they can just sit at the front of the room handing out busywork and not doing any actual teaching. If the teacher is paid based on class scores, it gives her an incentive to teach the class to the best of her ability.
Our Time Here Is Limited. To all on the No side, I guess you haven't heard. Earth is powered by the Sun. The Sun is not immortal. It will run out of Hydrogen gas to burn in about 4 billion years, at which point it will burn Helium for a few million years. After that, it will be out of fuel and will cast off it's outer layers with it's last dying pulses of nuclear fusion energy, and bake everything within Mars's orbit. That's a long time from now, but we only have that long if the other stuff doesn't kill us all first. (asteroids, overpopulation, resource consumption, nuclear war, etc.)
Censorship is propaganda By censoring information and "correcting" textbooks, you are depriving children of the knowledge they need. One common example in my school is that our social studies textbook never mentions how we treated native Americans and the Chinese. I would have never known this had my teacher not shown the class videos from YouTube on the topic. It is necessary to know this as you can learn from these mistakes and better ensure they do not recur in the future.
This is bull. So, before I go into depth about what this type of class would do, allow me to state what many who would take this class have already gone through. First, near after birth, they were dunked in water and declared part of a religion. Next, the child was told that he would burn forever if he didn't go to church, so he was getting the holy book shoved down his throat. All the while, the kid's parents have been telling him that religion is the truth. After a while, the kid begins to question religion. This should always happen at one point or another, and in this example, he decides it makes no sense. So, in the true scientific way, he does some research. He finds that some even make their lives studying the holy book and find that the whole thing was made up (Bill Nye; he studied, read the bible, drew maps, did research and found it was complete bull). So, after a while in the kid's education career, he begins to hear science classes that teach sound theories and facts backed by concrete evidence. He likes that, and decides to believe it. If this kind of class (a religious one) was put in, the student would be crushed into a religion violently, and if he failed the class as he simply didn't believe it, it would keep him from an honor roll, sports with school, and many other activities. I myself would refuse to lift a pencil in this class because I would want to resist the kind of indoctrination that has been going on for my entire life. This is my story. It is all true except for the end matter. I hope you people on the Yes side end up realizing that the church is a bunch of hypocrites and science makes sense.
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He outplayed, outwitted, and outlasted. He really just played the game the best. He got 5 necklaces, and he took a goat and a total jerk to the end, so it was pretty much obvious seeing the final 3 that he would, or at least should, win. He also had a good sense of responsibility regarding the letters (Everyone got mad at him for not taking his), but during his speech, he publicly admitted that what he did was wrong and that he accepts all responsibility for his actions. He was, in general, the best player.
Too short, low nourishment At my school, we have a 27-minute lunch period. Most of that is taken up waiting for your table to be called to go to line for food. Once in the line, you see the lunch ladies socializing instead of giving food, resulting in a line that goes at a snail's pace. You end up with a 7-minute (or sometimes 3-minute) time to actually eat. Thanks, unit 5.
It is not academic. I could not disagree more with this silly idea. Those who agree, like the rest of America, have forgotten what a school is: a place to learn. It is not a place to volunteer, to be more fit, to help the poor, or anything like that. It is a place to learn. Now, if the student wishes to take a PE class, it should count towards GPA, but if the student just grinds through the class and would rather have, say, an extra period of math, let the kid learn.
It would be Amazing if there was a cool space mission going on like the Apollo missions. It would pull people towards science and show them that it is more than just sitting in a classroom. People would follow it. And honestly, which is more interesting to people? Saying "Whatshisface scored a touchdown last night, or "We're about to land on Mars? What if we sent mining companies to asteroids, destroying risk of impacts and giving us all of the iron, gold, silver, and copper in asteroids. What if Earth is going to die a lot sooner than we think it will? It would be just one big catastrophe, then the human race would be done. Is fighting over our little blue speck hurtling through the infinite cosmos really all that important? Is the public, however, willing to pay taxes for these? NASA gets only 0.5% of the national budget. We can't even do much new stuff; only keep the lights on for existing projects. And we are starting to fail at that. Which, in the long run, is more important? Feeding Africa, or securing the future of humanity?