Sunday, September 5, 2010

Education: How Do We Reach Out to Kids that Just Don't Give a Shit?

Look, there have been many movies made about the one teacher dedicated enough to turn some delinquent, half-drugged-out, where's-my-momma, and are-you-my-daddy teenager into a Rhode Scholar.

But sadly, the national graduation rate still sucks. You know what that tells me? It tells me that the problem may not be the kids, but that there aren't enough teachers who give a shit.

The combination of teachers who don't give a shit, with kids who don't give a shit, is a sure fire recipe for disaster. Sure it's easy to pass the buck and blame the parents, but err, they're not the ones in our schools.

Yeah, I think standardized testing is biased towards kids that don't give a shit.

Solution: Give failing grades to kids who give a shit; lower the curve. Either that or build more McDonalds restaurants and strip clubs. After all, failure invented the lap dance; and the phrase, "welcome to McDonalds can I take your order?" Maybe kids should be paid to learn. Not a bad idea, right?

Serious Question: Why do kids drop out of high school?


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