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post #31 of 35 Old 10-15-2013, 08:26 PM
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Just an after thought. The experience we had abroad was that the students were brilliant with computers. There definitely was a synergy between math and writing (not just cursive writing) and also lack of constant distractions. Cursive writing goes with organization in a students notes and desk. The student was expected to be neat and organized and have pride. They believed in a strong foundation and figured if the students had that they would "get" the computers later. Were there problems? Oh Yes! Just different. What I observed was how excellent their foundation was in reading, writing and math (particularly the last two) in the early years. Just a comparison.
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I wanted to pop my head in and just say a bit. I will admit that I am not familiar with the differences between Common and Smart core, and if this is even a thing in my area. Also... this is a bit off topic.. but I had to vent.

However, I do have a good friend that is a teacher at a local high school. I had breakfast with him this morning, and he told me about an assignment he gave his class. He told them to pick any book of their choosing (graphic novels were even acceptable, and I do realize those hold some literary value), read it (weird), write TWO paragraphs, and prepare a FIVE MINUTE presentation. This is NOT a difficult assignment, and was worth forty percent of their grade. On top of that, my friend gave his students thirty minutes in class to read everyday for four weeks. That is ample time to finish a book, particularly when none of the books were over 300 pages.

Half the class didn't turn it in. Appalled, he gathered up his class and gave them TWO HOURS to finish the assignment in the library. Still, half of his class had to be failed.

Are you kidding me?! I haven't heard anything so ridiculous in my ENTIRE life.
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post #33 of 35 Old 10-16-2013, 03:02 AM
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Our school has a "No Homework Policy". Go figure.
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Oh man. Don't even get me started on the glaring failures in the education system. I could write am entire book on it and my daughter is only in the 3rd grade! I'll write a more thought out comment later this evening after I get home.
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^It really is disgusting...
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