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High school students 9-12 are bored to tears. I was bored to tears in the 50's, ask a student today and they too are bored to tears.

Teenagers need a challenge! Todays schools offer boredom and repeat of lower class information for THREE years. What a waste of talent. Let each student chose if they want to be college material or craftsmen. Let them graduate from high school with an Associates degree or certification as journeyman in a trade field. Let them see and feel the goal they are setting for themselves from the eighth grade on. How many brilliant students are left behind because they are not exposed to a higher level of skills while just young teens. This would level the playing field between those that can afford private schooling and those who could not even dream of private schools. When a person is so bored without a learning challenge, they place their energies into other extremes, (drugs, sex, pills for everything, etc.). These kids are not dumb they are Uninspired by our ho-hum attitude about what they need to know for the future. I also am concerned with academic individuals who feel they are not contributing any longer to the mental growth of their students. Let's help them by initiating rewards for innovation in teaching. These SAT tests are ridiculous and accomplish a lot of useless data. Kids have been lying on them for years as to their backgrounds. A good example is the old school question, "What did you have for breakfast, Johnny?" I always answered "Orange juice, cereal and toast with jelly". This was in the 40's, I was lucky to have had a mashed potato sandwich. Let's quit pretending that teens are not bright enough to understand what is going on and give them a real challenge that will produce a great future for all.

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  • Sep 26 2012: Ted lover, I would really like to know what was happening that suddenly made you realize that learning is fun and enjoyable. Was it a person, or an event? Learning should be pleasureable and all students should have the opportunity to express themselves in a mannerly way. Knowledge gives them this tool, and when a student is made to feel he or she doesn't quite fit in they do become rebels. I would like to see the establishment really get with life. Let the student excell as far as he can and encourage him/her to reach for the moon. Offering training for an Assocaties degree in high school proper of a craftsman certification in high school proper would give students a goal they can acheive. Tthank you for your input. Vera

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