I was following some questions asked High School students, and was shocked by the answers or lack of answers.
In my opinion, we have dumbed down our schools to the sorrow and tragedy of America. Now that is my opinion. I have no idea if it is true or not. I have no idea if it is important to know the date we won our independence? That our fundamental beliefs are honestly based on the 10 commandments?
Is it important to know your own state’s history? I remember knowing there were 100 counties in NC and I had to know all their names. NC claims to have declared their independence from England before the Colonies did. The first manned flight was in NC, completed by the Wright brothers from Ohio. Is that important to know?
Is it important to know what countries border the USA? Or who was the first man to set foot on the Moon?
Is it important to know the Vice President’s name? What about knowing how to determine the square root of a number?
Do we need to know about and remember the Alamo? What about the Maine? Do we need to remember Pearl harbor? Daniel Boone? Harper’s Ferry? 9/11?
I would love to compare the education of an 8th grader in 1900 to a HS or college grad of the year 2000.
You see, I do not know if we were taught insignificant facts, unnecessary for our personal and countries survival, or not. I remember reading somewhere that a child could get two credits for taking guitar lessons. Now I think that is nice and a great idea (playing a guitar), I wish I could. But does that deserve 2 credits toward a HS diploma? Equal to English or Math?
Did you Have homework? Was it necessary? It doesn’t seem so now.
Oh well, it is something that bothers me about YOUR countries future. I will not be around when these kids start running the country.
For some reason, I think that some small details are important for well rounded leadership. BUT I do not know that for sure.
Thanks for reading a rant, from an old man.
Observations on Growing Older
****Your mate sleeps better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring then they do in bed. It's called their "pre-sleep."
**** Remember when your mother said "Wear clean underwear in case you GE T in an accident"? Now you bring clean underwear in case you HAVE an accident.
****You used to say, "I hope my kids GET married; now it's, "I hope my kids STAY married!"
I remember when boys wanted to crawl under the hood of a car, Now they prefer video games:
From under the hood they created what we called the ‘customized’ car. Like this 1932 Ford.