Have you learned more through your own independent studies or through what public education taught you?

Posted by: Haroush

26 Total Votes

Independent studies

22 votes

Public education

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tajshar2k says2015-07-26T08:22:42.2685365-05:00
Ya, but thats just me. Most people would learn more at school.
triangle.128k says2015-07-26T09:28:29.8356710-05:00
Is the US education system really as bad as some say? Aren't the test scores or something lower than other developed countries?
tajshar2k says2015-07-26T09:30:59.1929432-05:00
Its not that bad. Trust me, the problem is that we use different ways of grading. In Chicago, a B+ would be a 85, in Canada that would be 77. A C is like a 64 in Canada, in Chicago its like a 75. These grading differences make a big difference.
triangle.128k says2015-07-26T09:33:07.2019536-05:00
But didn't you say that China over-prepares students for the test, just to look like they have the best education system once?
triangle.128k says2015-07-26T09:33:28.4713151-05:00
I don't think grades impacts this: http://edsource.org/2013/u-s-scores-stagnant-other-nations-pass-by-in-latest-international-comparison/52052
tajshar2k says2015-07-26T09:36:02.6835428-05:00
I never said that, but ya I agree with that though.
tajshar2k says2015-07-26T09:38:46.0731888-05:00
I was just talking about the education system in general. The problem I believe is we give to much power to the states to decide things. The education sector should remain federal, and Common core should be established, so all kids follow the same standard. Kids in Nevada don't receive the same education as kids in Colorado, because the systems vary too much, and frankly some the guys in charge are a bunch of idiots.
triangle.128k says2015-07-26T09:39:53.1375888-05:00
But also, USA is a large and diverse country, so it would naturally be harder to control the education of the whole country. It's also comparing a city of China instead of the whole country.
triangle.128k says2015-07-26T09:40:12.5317495-05:00
Yeah, the education does vary by state. Massachusetts for example has one of the best education systems in the US, and some south-eastern states are a lot behind.
triangle.128k says2015-07-26T09:41:19.0262287-05:00
And the USA is actually in the middle of the chart, it's not like at the very bottom. I don't get why anti-americans like to make fun of USA for it's education system. Someone said they were from Sweden and they made fun of USA's education...
tajshar2k says2015-07-26T09:53:07.9088657-05:00
You can't compare Somalia's education system to ours. Its like saying, "I'm glad I got a 53 instead of a 50"
Atheist-Independent says2015-07-26T10:09:06.8243554-05:00
Depends. School has taught me a lot about Math and Science, and I would never have read many of the books that we read in English. In History, however, I generally learn the majority of the material before the course. Not because I want to show off, but because I learn about it in other ways beforehand. Since this site consists of mainly hipsters, I'm not surprised that they claim that school has taught them far less than what they learned on their own.
Atheist-Independent says2015-07-26T10:13:15.4834964-05:00
I go to one of the better Public High Schools in Massachusetts, so in contrast to the rest of the country, I'm getting great education. I might just be ignorant about the standards of education outside of my state.
triangle.128k says2015-07-26T10:22:20.1277691-05:00
Yeah, Massachusetts has the best education in my opinion. They also have the highest average IQ in all of US. I'm planning to go to Harvard and live there instead of my current boring state.
Haroush says2015-07-26T10:37:25.0198295-05:00
Haroush says2015-07-26T10:38:05.6295890-05:00
So I guess that makes me a hipster?
Haroush says2015-07-26T10:39:40.6029978-05:00
Hippies and hipsters is a culture of liberals, not conservatives.
Haroush says2015-07-26T10:42:40.1913490-05:00
I will say this about America's testing standards overall.. It sucks. If you want to really test what people know don't give them multiple choice, give them no choice. Let them tell you what the answer is in written form.
Haroush says2015-07-26T10:44:31.8246406-05:00
I can say that public schools help out with the basics on math and science, but that is about it. When they teach you things like calculus, they don't put into perspective if this is a waste time and money spent or not depending upon what career path this student is most likely going to take.
Haroush says2015-07-26T10:46:53.3489633-05:00
When it comes to history.. Forget it. Public schools are the worst. I've learned more from reading historians' world history books in a couple of hours than what I have learned in public school.
Haroush says2015-07-27T11:38:40.0036122-05:00
Sure I am lying.. Lol
LsnapZ says2015-07-27T15:07:02.3652626-05:00
I've never learned anything about the subjects in school, but I've learned important skills such as time management.

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