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  •  I'll never forget the day ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Celtic Pugilist

    my nephew came home from second grade crying ... CRYING ... because he "didn't learn a single new thing today".  And just yesterday, I was on hand to help my niece with her fourth grade homework if she needed any.  She didn't, 'cause it was second grade level (capitalization).  She complained that her "morning work" often consists of being made to color in a (non-school-related) coloring book.  Now I understand why she comes home grumpy and depressed most every day; she'd rather be learning more about algebra, which we're giving her at home after school this year.

    Needless to say, the parents are getting these children out of public school as soon as possible.  And no, their school isn't underfunded or in a poverty area, it's just what public education has been reduced to.  It breaks my heart to see children literally crying because they're being deprived of learning.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

    by Neuroptimalian on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 06:44:03 PM PDT

    •  gee, that really sounds outside the norm. (1+ / 0-)
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      I'd look into that, if I were you.  

      "Repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed." --J. Steinbeck

      by livjack on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 06:52:39 PM PDT

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    •  Yes. children are bing deprived of learning. (1+ / 0-)
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      Parents who are "getting these children out of public school as soon as possible" are under a delusion that they are guaranteeing their children a long term option. Education opportunity is being constricted to the very rich. We have to fight back.

    •  My daughter was crying in class (1+ / 0-)
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      ...a few years ago because it was all too easy.  

      The preoccupation with coloring and other media projects is not helping.  My son doesn't care much for "color on command" projects.  He started making up his own algebra with simple letter/number substitution when he was 5 (I taught both of my kids to read at 4, only took a couple of 1 hour sessions.)

      "Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells." J. Paul Getty

      by Celtic Pugilist on Wed Nov 02, 2011 at 09:33:34 PM PDT

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