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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 27 2012: Yes I graduated the faculty more than 10 years ago and Ican say now that a lot of my knowledge is there somewhere in my mind and I am not using it and maybe i will not use it and maybe sometime forget it if not already. I have worked for more than 9 years in my domain and really the faculty helped me a lot but most of the things i learned will never be useful to me in any way. Like you say during the courses sometime i get bored and get asleep in the chair and felt very exausted becouse of the void in the speaker presentation. This means the information that was presented there had no sustainability for me and I was conscious I make an effort to understand something that I will not use or with which I have no relayed knowledge. This is the biggest problem in universities from my point of view becouse we were treated at the same level and forced to learn things that maybe do not have future in our after graduation activities. Is good to have knowledge from a lot of directions but is better to learn naturaly and with pleasure so to enjoy the lessons we take from life becouse learning is part of our day by day activity. I was a lab teacher in faculty and the thing I observed is that students are opened to new way of presenting lessons and they are opened to teachers that can "get them closer to the table" so to make them active in the lesson and this way the dynamic of the class improve and everyone contribute with something to the lesson even in the "silence of their minds".
    • Sep 28 2012: You are so right, Julian. The more a student can participate in a learning effort, the more he/she buys into it and can find ways to apply what they have learned as a working part of the group to their daily lives. The more schools will experiment with "hands on" learning the greater number of students that will happily participate. To just sit and listen and try to comprehend what the subject matter really is, is very difficult. Most students just shut down. The more the student can be part of the lesson with the professor, the greater result for all. The student is rewarded with a greater desire to learn and the professor can learn a lot from the student. Thanks for your input. Vera

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