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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: This is exactly how i'm feeling right not. I'm stuck at a university doing a course I chose and expected to enjoy and i'm slowly loosing interest. For some reason i expected more from university education but it feels so much like school. most of my lectures are uninspiring and just dull, frankly, which makes it difficult to concentrate. i feel like the information i do learn and find interesting is wasted because I forget it within days of writing that particular essay or sitting that test. And its all memorizing anyway, rote learning, and this is what we are rewarded for! i hope you dont think i sound arrogant, it just doesn't feel like there is anything imaginative going on, anywhere! that is until I watch TED videos. :)
    • Sep 27 2012: Vanessa, keep the faith, there are people like Robert Winner out there that are really going to change the system. Please read his comments, he is attempting (and I know he will suceed) to change our rote method of teaching into a pleasant and challenging experience. Nothing is worse than sitting in a lecture that the professor is too lazy to discuss openly and has you "listen" to tapes. This goes on all the time in many colleges. No life experience, just some old windbag expounding. I would expect if the students graduated from high school with an Associates or certification, they could improve their own capacity to learn more. The documentation is a necessary evil at this point. When things actually change there will be no sore backs from carrying too many outdated books and every student will be supplied with a laptop. A lot less expensive than the school supplying hardback books. Of, course we do know that the money made by these arrogant institutional leaders would be at risk. Time to get more integrity iinto the system. Keep on trucking though, that degree is so important as it effects the rest of your future. We need more dedicated persons like Robert and grants that support drastic changes in education teaching methods. .

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