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2013-01-28 11:05:16 PM  
NCLB requires that the student with the lowest grades be given one (1) Blue Shell.
 
2013-01-28 11:51:02 PM  
A kid named Mario or Yoshi must sign up for this class at some point. It's destiny.
 
2013-01-29 12:27:44 AM  
 
2013-01-29 12:31:54 AM  
What about courses in Koopa shell tossing? Or strategic banana peel placement?
 
2013-01-29 12:43:28 AM  
No different from biology field trips where kids collect bugs and swamp water samples.
 
2013-01-29 04:16:34 AM  
All our high achieving math students, 8, 9 and 10th grades have been rewarded for their achievement with a day at the track

So the rich white kids get to go race cars and the poor kids with bad home lives can go pound sand.

Sounds about right.
 
2013-01-29 04:24:16 AM  
I'm glad to see they've finally given up on those whole literacy and mathematics fads and chosen to focus on their strengths.
 
2013-01-29 04:25:27 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: All our high achieving math students, 8, 9 and 10th grades have been rewarded for their achievement with a day at the track

So the rich white kids get to go race cars and the poor kids with bad home lives can go pound sand.

Sounds about right.


And just who's going to pay for that sand, hmm?! Ain't nobody a-raisin' my taxes, praise Jesus!
 
2013-01-29 04:38:21 AM  
So is this a good thing or a bad thing?
 
2013-01-29 04:54:53 AM  
 
2013-01-29 04:57:13 AM  
Had a rocketry class in middle school.

Lasted only one semester.
 
2013-01-29 05:04:37 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: All our high achieving math students, 8, 9 and 10th grades have been rewarded for their achievement with a day at the track

So the rich white kids get to go race cars and the poor kids with bad home lives can go pound sand.


Yeah, our society definitely shouldn't reward high academic achievement in math and science. That's just the debils work.

*Sigh*
 
2013-01-29 05:29:26 AM  
I'm ok with this

Anything that teaches people better spatial awareness, mechanical engineering, physics, communications, and teamwork is pretty cool... even better when its fun.
 
2013-01-29 06:18:21 AM  
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2013-01-29 06:34:08 AM  
I don't get all the hate in this thread. Its just the lab portion of a physics class, and it relates science and math to something real world and cool. Maybe you enjoy that tradition of engineers and scientists often being people who had poor social skills when young, it wouldn't hurt to make it a path bright but not awkward kids want to pursue.

Also, its one of the few physical activities where the small kids actually have an advantage, so that's a nice little bonus.
 
2013-01-29 06:38:56 AM  

MisterRonbo: I don't get all the hate in this thread. Its just the lab portion of a physics class, and it relates science and math to something real world and cool. Maybe you enjoy that tradition of engineers and scientists often being people who had poor social skills when young, it wouldn't hurt to make it a path bright but not awkward kids want to pursue.

Also, its one of the few physical activities where the small kids actually have an advantage, so that's a nice little bonus.


It's provided only to students who are currently excelling. Students who, for whatever reason, are unable to meet that bar are relegated to the standard boring lectures. If we were talking about something actually educational, such as a visit to the local planetarium or civil defense lab, this would be a different story. But since we're talking about letting kids fark around on go-karts, an activity that appeals to just about every kid in the class, the special treatment of those who are already advantaged drives a deeper wedge between the haves and the have-nots.

Let all the kids ride or let none of the kids ride. There's no need to play favorites here.
 
2013-01-29 07:01:13 AM  

MisterRonbo: I don't get all the hate in this thread. Its just the lab portion of a physics class, and it relates science and math to something real world and cool. Maybe you enjoy that tradition of engineers and scientists often being people who had poor social skills when young, it wouldn't hurt to make it a path bright but not awkward kids want to pursue.

Also, its one of the few physical activities where the small kids actually have an advantage, so that's a nice little bonus.


If you put the troll on ignore, all the hate goes byebye. :)

It sounds like a great program. Physics is always one of those dry, boring classes where kids ask the question 'how will I ever use this?' This gives them a fun challenge that also brings home the lesson in very real ways, and gives kids an outstanding reward for achieving goals.
 
2013-01-29 07:03:14 AM  
How about we reward growth and not achievement...blah blah blah

/or we could just move the goal posts around and not accomplish a damn thing
 
2013-01-29 07:10:14 AM  
Cool. It's a good thing to teach kids that hard work gets rewards.

If only they could start teaching that before 9th grade.
 
2013-01-29 07:12:01 AM  
Just wait, some idiot with the same attitude as AverageAmericanGuy above will end up suing the school district so that 'everybody gets a trophy' and remove yet another incentive for kids to excel in class.
 
2013-01-29 07:43:02 AM  
The instructor:?
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/do they give you blue shells right away, or is that only for seniors?
 
2013-01-29 07:51:29 AM  
So in a nation of declining educational standards, we now have a go-kart curriculum. If you want to reward students, reward them with something they could use on their own time where it doesn't interfere with the education hours.
 
2013-01-29 08:03:55 AM  

RabidJade: So in a nation of declining educational standards, we now have a go-kart curriculum. If you want to reward students, reward them with something they could use on their own time where it doesn't interfere with the education hours.


I see this as a school that realizes these students are going to be carnies. It is Florida after all.
 
2013-01-29 08:16:42 AM  
BAN assault turtle shells now!
 
2013-01-29 08:52:36 AM  

Gyrfalcon: So is this a good thing or a bad thing?


Evidently Smitty is still bitter over not going on field trips in school.
 
2013-01-29 08:54:31 AM  
FARK THAT BLUE SHELL!
 
2013-01-29 09:31:21 AM  
This sounds pretty darn cool. I certainly wish I had classes like this to motivate me when I was in HS.

But then, I race karts.
Link
 
2013-01-29 09:45:59 AM  
The zen of physics liberial will never understand but rednecks do . Rewarding excellence in class with fun practical application of that class how oppressive it better to bore the crap out of them they are nerds any way.
 
2013-01-29 09:58:44 AM  
Garfunkel and Oates recently seen signing up as substitute teachers with said school.
 
2013-01-29 10:38:38 AM  

BarleyGnome: This sounds pretty darn cool. I certainly wish I had classes like this to motivate me when I was in HS.

But then, I race karts.
Link


I'd love to race karts, but nobody does it around where I live. Closest place is 1.5 hours away and they only do something once a quarter or so. So I do autocross instead.

/thinks karts would be more fun
 
2013-01-29 10:55:48 AM  

mdeesnuts: BarleyGnome: This sounds pretty darn cool. I certainly wish I had classes like this to motivate me when I was in HS.

But then, I race karts.
Link

I'd love to race karts, but nobody does it around where I live. Closest place is 1.5 hours away and they only do something once a quarter or so. So I do autocross instead.

/thinks karts would be more fun


I'll bet there is a kart club near you. I only do road racing so I either travel up and down the east coast, or just run the closest tracks. I'm lucky to live one hour away from a track, but I still travel as many as 5 hours to race VIR or New Jersey. I race five to six times a year and it's totally worth it.

Check out WoodbridgeKartClub.com (DC area), or Dart Kart Club (Ohio/Indiana), or WKA.com (World Karting Assoc)
 
2013-01-29 11:01:05 AM  
Went through the Florida School system back in the 70's & 80's.

One activity we had in Junior High Phys.Ed. was the option to go bowling. Whole bus full of kids on Friday going bowling, surrounded by cigarette smoke, beer, junk food and video games. And then we arrived at the bowling alley, which was interesting.
 
2013-01-29 12:07:38 PM  
*brakes*, not *breaks*, dammit. Now get off my lawn!
 
2013-01-29 01:26:38 PM  
So the rich white kids get to go race cars and the poor kids with bad home lives can go pound sand.

Sounds about right.


I agree. It's certainly not possible to excel in math and science unless you're rich and white.
Oh and brakes
 
2013-01-29 02:35:51 PM  
It's a competitive sport with a lot of skill and learning .... also a lot more athletic than you might imagine, a 125 pulls 3g+ in turns. Why not? Better than just pouring millions into American Football which is what happens here in TX.

/ motor sport FTW
 
2013-01-29 03:54:27 PM  
fark this shiat, I'm going back to school....
 
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