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11:32 PM on 08/10/2010
All Army officers are college graduates. The U.S. Army gets most of its officers from college ROTC progams. In the 1990s, it discovered some of them, including many who graduated from prestigious universities, could not read. As a result, the Army now tests all second lieutenants for basic literacy during the Officer Basic Course.
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missouriwatcher
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11:56 PM on 08/10/2010
Not surprising as so many of those schools are infamous as "party schools". I wonder if a certain previous President was among those you mention. lol
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MuchMadness
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11:11 PM on 08/10/2010
Why such pessimism about the USA?
We're still pretty good at dropping bombs on people, aren't we?
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missouriwatcher
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11:58 PM on 08/10/2010
Not much of a future for most people in big fireworks.
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missouriwatcher
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10:26 PM on 08/10/2010
Some really messed-up priorities, USA. Truly a most sad commentary on our ongoing decadence.
06:22 PM on 08/10/2010
Sure these are flawed systems, but we are blaming everything else, and are giving parents reasons to NOT take responsibility for their children. Understood or not, it does start in the home with parents teaching simple morals and values to their children. Taking major care in everything that a child does, asking questions about their day, and helping with homework all play a major role in helping raise a sane and healthy-minded child, able to create value and one day contribute to society. It doesn't work for every child, but gives them a great headstart in feeling valued, respected, in knowing that their opinions matter, and most important in feeling loved.
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missouriwatcher
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10:31 PM on 08/10/2010
I agree. This is a major problem, as some of my posts demonstrate; however, the inability of students whose parents are not rich to afford the cost of higher education speaks of something else endemic in U.S. political/economic culture. I was most fortunate to have been able to take advantage of the G I Bill, which at the time covered nearly all my expenses. Nowadays, tuition is rising on a semester basis at many colleges/universities. That coupled with the lack of available grants and loans to cover costs, spells disaster for our middle class, not to mention those students who are even less well to do.
11:01 PM on 08/10/2010
Absolutely Missouri!
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SilentSolidarity
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12:54 AM on 08/11/2010
That's not responsibility. What you described is control.
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BillyClub
06:18 PM on 08/10/2010
Here's reason No. 9 and also the solution: "Kill Your TV!"
09:06 PM on 08/10/2010
And while you're at it, limit time on the internet..... and good luck w that.
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missouriwatcher
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10:33 PM on 08/10/2010
And get the cell phone out of your ear, and quit texting so d*** much.
01:35 AM on 08/13/2010
How about both of you cut the "new media are evil" rhetoric? The truth is, there are many books that are just as bad for the brain as reality TV shows and internet shooting games. There are also many channels and websites that are every bit as educational as a non-fiction book or a good piece of literature. The reason our youth are falling behind is in part because of the huge failures of public education, and in part because many young boys (particularly in elementary school) are discouraged from reading because books are seen as being "for girls."
06:05 PM on 08/10/2010
I remember when I was in a for-profit school the administration got mad. Possible students yet to enroll would ask current students questions. We would answer honestly. I once told a kid. "Run, and never return. This place is a death sentence."

Then we started having fun with the new guys. We'd say "it takes 10,000 drawings for one frame of animation." It is from an administrator who told a kid that because they don't know a thing about what we do.
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06:02 PM on 08/10/2010
LackOfOxygen,

Why do you hate teachers so much? There has to be a deep psychological reason why this is true.
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ladyvader
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04:21 AM on 08/11/2010
I have been wondering that too. After reading all the anti-teacher posts. WOW is about all I can say. *shakes head*
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06:00 PM on 08/10/2010
It is, in equal measure,

(1) The triumph of Republicanism and its pandering to white trash America which equates education with the bugaboo of liberalism.
(2) The triumph of the inner-city "gangsta" culture which considers education, marriage and domestic life effeminate.
(3) The ambivalence of the Latino culture to (a) education and its effect of creating cultural rifts in the family, and (b) education and its effect of causing the educated to leave the barrio and family behind.

Eliminate these conditions and you solve the problems.
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06:12 PM on 08/10/2010
I'm educated and married, and I don't think I am effeminate.
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10:03 PM on 08/10/2010
Your avatar is a singing bird!!! LOL
06:20 PM on 08/10/2010
In short, dumb people made being dumb cool.
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06:38 PM on 08/10/2010
Word!
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10:04 PM on 08/10/2010
Excellent…and I've been disagreeing with you this evening!
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05:52 PM on 08/10/2010
They did not mention that the majority of our federal taxes goes to the military. If the majority of our taxes went into educating our citizens then we would not be in our current state.
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05:59 PM on 08/10/2010
The majority of our property taxes go into education. Problem is our legislators pass crazy unfunded mandates. I'll probably get in huge trouble for this, but special education will drain a budget.

I don't cry about military spending. We need a good military.
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06:22 PM on 08/10/2010
Special education is funded fully by the Federal Government. No state funds pay for special education. This comes directly from my wife who happens to work in special ed.

So, what are we to do as a society? Only try to improve the lives of students that are a shoe-in?
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06:24 PM on 08/10/2010
I cry about useless military spending. I can say this because I used to be in the Canadian military. We need money for educating people not prancing about the world playing an adult version of Cowboys & Indians™.
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05:37 PM on 08/10/2010
Thank goodness there were pictures with this article. Otherwise I couldn't understand it.
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AmigaMan
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05:57 PM on 08/10/2010
And you read Playboy only for the articles, right? LOL
InYourWorld
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05:29 PM on 08/10/2010
I see TWO reasons why our youth are falling behind.

Mom and Dad.

Parents need to take responsibility for their kids, there are problems in our education system for sure, put parents need to be responsible for their kids.
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05:41 PM on 08/10/2010
It all starts in the home IMO. Deliver mediocrity, receive mediocrity.
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05:45 PM on 08/10/2010
And expect mediocrity, encourage mediocrity, test for mediocrity, get mediocrity.
InYourWorld
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06:07 PM on 08/10/2010
exactly! Dumb and Lazy usually begets dumb and lazy.
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05:58 PM on 08/10/2010
Irresponsible, ignorant parents have always been present in our society. The question should be:

Do we have the kind of society that allows such children to rise above the parental lottery, or ensures they can rise no further than their parents did?
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AmigaMan
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06:17 PM on 08/10/2010
I rose above three things:

1) poverty
2) abusive father that my mother divorced when I was 17
3) expectations of mediocrity from said father
05:25 PM on 08/10/2010
Just a note on minorities left behind. I teach in a medium - sized Mid-Western college - mostly white. In speaking with minority drop outs, most gave transportation problems as the reason. There is no public transportion to the school except an express bus that comes in from another upscale town. Situations like one car had to suffice for three people at home who had different schedules were not uncommon.
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75thRanger
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05:35 PM on 08/10/2010
Maybe we should give everyone a free car........why not?

“Sua Sponte”

1917, 1928, 1952, 1990
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AmigaMan
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05:37 PM on 08/10/2010
No. Maybe we should invest in real public transportation so the poor and working poor can do what they need to do on a daily basis.
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05:01 PM on 08/10/2010
Aid to Israel is always a priority. Let's just change the name of our education dept to ISRAEL and then we will get all the aid and fighting for education and schools that we can handle. Or, we can just let Israel use our military like toilet paper, keep fighting Iraq and Aghanistan wars of delusion, and even really jump off the cliff with chain saws and attack Iran. Go usa.
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05:08 PM on 08/10/2010
Since we only give them credit to spend on US military tech - how do you think that's going to help? Oh right, you didn't think.
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06:21 PM on 08/10/2010
LMAO @ "only." Who told you that? G Gordon Liddy?
04:57 PM on 08/10/2010
College can't be fixed until K-12 are fixed. To do this we need to extend the school year to at least 220 days per year, improve discipline in the schools, allow for two tired public education for those going to college and those wanting a vocational education.
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knight7se7en
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05:01 PM on 08/10/2010
Lengthening of the school year solves nothing if you do nothing to improve the quality of education.
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PTAOfficerforObama
It's arithmetic, stupid
05:03 PM on 08/10/2010
Agreed on all points. Our system of Sept to June education is base on an agrarian society. We no longer need to do this. There was an interesting article in Time about school year a few weeks ago.
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05:49 PM on 08/10/2010
And that article was soooo wrong.

First of all, agrarian societies still exist in our country - think about them before making such generalizations. As for the rest, I wouldn't mind a European pattern (nine weeks on, three weeks off, six weeks on, two weeks off, etc). But there's still no need to extend the number of days in the classroom.

Simply put - kids need downtime. No, they don't have to sit in front of a TV all summer. But many kids (including mine) continue learning by visiting museums, READING, attending summer camps, and just being with their families. Year round schooling is nothing more than providing daycare. Perhaps if schools got away from daycare and providing services that normally would be the responsibility of parents, we wouldn't have a problem with our K-12 system.
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04:51 PM on 08/10/2010
public government school teachers are the real problem here but we will not hear one of them admit it
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AmigaMan
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04:53 PM on 08/10/2010
No, public school teachers are not the real problem. Many of them work their @sses off everyday to teach kids that you don't care about.
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04:57 PM on 08/10/2010
where are they today ? oh setting a great example ha ha and we all know the truth here try harder if you can
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PTAOfficerforObama
It's arithmetic, stupid
04:56 PM on 08/10/2010
I have often wondered that if teaching is such an easy and lucrative job, why isn't everyone doing it/
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04:59 PM on 08/10/2010
is that the best example from the teachers union of a good work ethic in effort put into an argument?
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AmigaMan
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05:01 PM on 08/10/2010
I've often wondered the same thing. It is not easy. It is very costly too.

My degree is going to be a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with an added teaching licensure. On top of all the exams that I must write, student teaching, etc. to get my degree, I have to write THREE PROFESSIONAL LEVEL EXAMS just to be considered eligible to become a high school teacher in my state.

Then, when I graduate I am going to seek a Master of Arts in History degree with a specialization in American History. I won't make much more money either. But this is not why I am going to go for the higher degree. I want to be an expert in my teaching area.