A recent study shows that after forking tens of thousands of dollars into your child’s education, a 4-year span of learning does not render them any smarter. Too bad, so sad. Seems like one of the remedies is to make nurses do more writing in college to raise test scores say the experts. Excuse me? Nurses who will be making the big bucks and taking care of the baby boomers in their twilight years do not know any more than they did when they graduated from high school, and if you are one of the unfortunate baby boomers who lives in California, where high school exit exams rated 49 in a possible 50, sounds like taking doctor’s assistants or hospital teams’ advice with a grain of salt would be in order. Call me jaded, but this is my health we are talking about, and the price of healthcare just went up since the 112th Congress decided to repeal Obamacare. (original article – student tracking, limited learning)
Is the classroom learning environment getting any better? Well, granted as a career substitute teacher whose main purpose is to allow kids to let out their hostility about parents and teachers as a convenient and temporary scapegoat, I would say categorically, “No.” I have my ways of knowing if kids are smarter than I was when I was that age, and well, in some aspects they are smarter. They can argue a better game than I could at that age, but unless you want a nation of lawyers, that skill, frankly is over-rated, in my opinion.
Of course in Monterey, the long time home of the chief spook, Leon Panetta, and home of the prestigious Naval Post Graduate School and the DLI (Language Defense Institute), you can find many of our kids surrounded with experts on national security. Spooks and lawyers, a lively group, but my question is who is going to put the houses together in the nice green way in the Monterey Peninsula, where the median home sale price tops the cool 1 million mark?
I’m sure they will have an answer on the golf course at the Pebble Beach tournament early next month, but will that answer jive with Barak Obama’s answer when he gives his answers to the American people next Tuesday at the State of the Union. Will those answers be consistent with the simultaneous events? How will Wall Street and Main Street ferret out the big problems that still lurk in the nation and the nation’s capitol? Problems like 1 million house foreclosures scheduled for 2011?
One remarkable difference that I have observed from the time I was attending school and now, especially in the primary grades, is that when I was a kid the screaming and yelling went on in the playground, not the classroom. Now it’s reversed, the playground has a quiet and strangely text messaging kind of focus, while the indoor setting rages with students clamoring with ever louder voices to be heard.
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