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One simple and easy change schools can make.
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Post: #121
RE: One simple and easy change schools can make.

Spending eight long hours every day at the same old building filled with obnoxious children of different ages isn’t as easy as one thinks it to be. What’s more, the never-ending homework that accompanies the students only adds to the hatred towards school. Undoubtedly, school is annoying and boring with a lot of effort going towards attaining good grades. Nonetheless, school is highly important; hence, the reason why your parents pressurize you to work so hard. Giving school a miss means that you are missing out an important stage of your life. Thus, out of the few negatives that come across going to school, it definitely has several positives as well. Glance through the following lines to know the importance of school.

Why School is Importance?
10-08-2013 02:21 PM
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Post: #122
RE: One simple and easy change schools can make.

^ Die.

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
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RE: One simple and easy change schools can make.

(10-08-2013 08:24 PM)planetfall666 Wrote:  ^ Die.

I hereby revoke the "Not-A-Bot" title, and bestow upon him the shameful "Annoying-But-Smart-Bot".

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RE: One simple and easy change schools can make.

John Holt's 2 cents:[/YouTube]




10-30-2013 09:15 AM
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One simple and easy change schools can make.

I followed that link, glanced down the page and saw that one of the reasons is "Allows You to Socialize". *sigh*

EDIT: Oh, and OP, what is this one easy change that schools can make?
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Post: #126
One simple and easy change schools can make.

In real world, you interact with people of different age. Schools are one of the few rare institutions that segregate people by age.

Besides, schools are for showing off, not for socializing.
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/free...t-learning

Dr. Peter Gray invites you to share your inputs to the Tipping Point Project to help create a robust resource for families looking to walk away from coercive schooling.
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/free...ping-point
It is time to stop this madness. It is time to stop accepting diagnoses of mental disorders for those of our children who can’t or won’t sit still through tedious, irrelevant, timewasting, anxiety-producing, depression-inducing assignments and tests. It is time to stop praising children who are willing to sit through all this, because all we foster with such praise is conformity, passivity, mindless obedience, and false pride for meaningless accomplishments. It’s time to just say no.
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One simple and easy change schools can make.

I think that you are on to a good idea here. The problem is that some elementary school students could probably manage to pass and then once it's been proven that they can do it, other elementary school students will want to try the exam too. I could actually see many young students passing...if they studied the right books.....and then schools and governments would look really bad. Why? Because they have kept many students in school longer than they should have and if they were capable of passing the final exam.....it means schools have wasted a lot of students' time and tax payers money.

This leads on to another topic....1 hour speeches. I'll open another thread to discuss this.
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One simple and easy change schools can make.

People would probably also figure out at some point just how little knowledge of value most tests & exams actually measure.

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