Re: Common Core
i just hate standardized testing in general. floridas FCAT meant that for half the year, every year, we had to stop learning anything new and study the same old bull sh!t we already learned last year. and the year before.
seriously, even if you passed it every year, you were learning the same old crap every year.
so far as common cores curriculum, its confusing as hell. im not a fan of it at all.
you want to know where i learned the most in highschool? i took agriculture. the teacher basically told us to form our own curriculum. the agriculture department only had to show that they were teaching something related to agriculture.
so i learned how to use ostracods to help clone roses without needing hormones or substrates. you wont find stuff like that in a text book.
personally, i believe that schooling should be fairly standardized until kids learn to read. after that, let them study what they want. who gives a crap if they behind in one area if they are a genius in another? eventually they will learn the things they need to learn in order to continue excelling in the things they enjoy.
i still cant do long division in my head but i have built my own laminar flow cabinets and am pretty good at tissue cloning. i can grow just about anything. i can do simply addition and subtraction, but i often choose to use a calculator anyway. but seriously, who gives a crap? if i didnt have a calculator and i needed to make sure i have enough money when i go to the store, i would get better at doing math in my head. it would be a non issue, just part of life.
for the life of me i cannot understand why people think that todays youth are stupid just because they dont have the same skills.
you lived in your world. let your kids learn to live in theirs...
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