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    Sunspots, dizzydean

    It's so true.

    I went to a Catholic school and a public school.  The Catholic school I went to was a pretty traditional one, but I learned HOW to learn, more than I learned actual things. I learned how to research, use the library, write papers correctly, and how to conduct experiments.  I learned how to read.  We had tests, but nothing like what I experienced in public school, at which I failed miserably and eventually left. This was in the late 70s and early 80s.  It's gotten much much worse.  My 20 year old son is one credit away from graduation with math and cannot pass it.  This has done more for his lack of self confidence than anything else and it drives me crazy.  He is math dyslexic, (yes that's a real thing), and took the same class in high school 3 times trying to get this ONE FREAKING credit.  I have two other girls that eventually finished high school with what I feel are ridiculous mandatory courses.  Health?  Whatever.  They both eventually finished college, but I cannot tell you the amount of homework FOR THE DAMN TESTS they had to do.  I had one teacher tell me she was so sorry, but their hands were tied.  It's like mandatory sentencing.

    "Those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities."

    by dancerat on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 08:08:33 PM PDT

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