If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(CBS New York)   80% of recent NYC high school graduates cannot read. Somehow they're still active on Facebook and Youtube   (newyork.cbslocal.com) divider line 146
    More: Obvious, high schools in New York City, high schools, basic skills, City University, Marcia Kramer  
•       •       •

6667 clicks; posted to Main » on 08 Mar 2013 at 10:49 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



146 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all
 
2013-03-08 11:34:51 AM
FuzzyPinkMatrix:
/then again NYC is the world
//I read that on the internet once
///or maybe every day


It's not the whole world. It's just the only option left if you're certain kinds of talented or smart (or smartass).
 
2013-03-08 11:36:09 AM
wel im  gad tat mi taxeis wel b raysed in the futre too siport thees peple.
 
2013-03-08 11:36:22 AM
Teachers dont make enough. Charter schools suck. More money. Self esteem is more important than achievement.

Did I cover all the idiotic left talking points?
 
2013-03-08 11:36:45 AM
This explains Bloomberg

And turning the condom inside out and using it again
 
2013-03-08 11:37:43 AM

James F. Campbell: Yeah... suddenly all those English majors aren't looking so stupid, are they? They'll have a near-monopoly on clear, efficient communication.

Good luck being replaced by Rahul, STEM majors.


I got a perfect 800 on the verbal section of the GRE.

\just sayin'
\\ getting a PhD in physics
 
2013-03-08 11:39:51 AM
Isn't there some form of test that all students have to take to make sure that all who graduate can read, write and do math at a high school level?

I know that when I was in high school I had to take a state issued test on reading, writing and math before I could graduate.  I could have had a straight A average in all classes, but until that test was passed, I wasn't graduating.

But I will go ahead and say this, there is zero excuse of anyone to be in high school and not know how to read, and if there is, then the school district and parents of said kid have all failed.
 
2013-03-08 11:39:55 AM

PumpkinCake: My husband's father's wife came to our house for Christmas, as she generally has been doing for a couple years now.  She's a public school counselor for troubled high schools and spends weekends in Juvie with the kids, so she sees a bunch of stuff.

Now, this last Christmas she and her husband went on this half hour long rant about how every homeschool kid they have ever seen has been behind in academics and socially retarded.  Just on and on (I am in charge of schooling our kids, and I can go into great detail about which curriculums we use, which charter schools we have been a part of, and which social activities we participate in. I have a BA and have published a book, and am working on a couple more, as has my husband. We're not messing around).  I don't really care what these two think: they have their lives, and we see them on birthdays sometimes (we never invited them to Christmas, they just told us they were coming one year).

And then I see stories like this, and I wonder what on earth she was smoking.  Sure, there are some homeschoolers who go off into religious bunny trails, but most of the families I know still have to take the STAR tests and we're all kickin ass and taking names.

Just venting. Hate that woman.
/seriously...in *my house* with *my family* at *Christmas*


You should vent to Dear  Prudence, who will advise you to have your husband speak to his father about the latter's wife. Or just note that your kids aren't in juvie and have nothing to do with the ones  she's talking about.  Or learn how to steer  a conversation onto a neutral subject.
 
2013-03-08 11:41:04 AM
Facebook and YouTube comments are proof undeniable that you don't need to be able to read or spell to use them.

Keep being stupid, kids. It's job security for us old folks.
 
2013-03-08 11:42:00 AM
When my sister had her first kid, she was researching and reading all these baby forums where new moms could ask questions and answer and such. She said she was so disgusted by the lack of spelling, grammar, and general INTELLIGENCE of 60% of the people posting. Not to mention, some of these questions were like Yahoo Answers for idiots. We'd get a great laugh out of them. For example- "Im 5weeks whenwill i feel my baby kicking i wanna knowplease thankx"

First of all, lady, your baby is the size of a pencil eraser. If you could feel it kick, that'd be a miracle. Secondly, the space bar is your friend.  There is too much. Another one was  "Im 13 and I'm ready for a family but my mom says no how can i get pregnant" . JUST STOP. MY EFFING GOD. STOP.

The general consensus that my sister and I had was that most of the world SHOULD NOT BE BREEDING. Just sew it up until you can pass a basic intelligence test, please. But in this day and age of autocorrect, no one knows how to spell without tlking txt spk NEmore.

/texts and IM's in perfect sentences
//irks me not to
 
2013-03-08 11:42:15 AM

Molavian: Giltric: I guess their teachers weren't getting paid enough.

right guys?

Well, obviously.  If you pay them more they do a better job.


But that works so well for investment bankers...
 
2013-03-08 11:45:41 AM
This is a repeat from the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s...

The politicians response!

We need more STANDARDIZED TESTS!  VOTE FOR ME!!!  HURR DURRRR!

Reality check: Standardized testing was proven useless against illiteracy in the 1960s and was gone in the most part by the early 70s, but like a zombie, it keeps coming back to life.
 
2013-03-08 11:46:26 AM
www.lamebook.com
 
2013-03-08 11:47:48 AM
thank 'no child left behind' for this bullshiat. mixing in the morans with those that have the possibility at a future doesn't help either. if you don't have the basics+ down pat you shouldn't be tossing money at a college.

i was in the work world a long time. met way too many spectacular idiots with college degrees. yes there are lots of very intelligent college graduates too. they are the rare ones and are usually a pleasure to converse with.
 
2013-03-08 11:48:31 AM
When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn't make the grade

Someone translate this for me, as I am not overly familiar with the US education program. Special remedial program is just a nice way of saying school for mentally challenge people. Special school, right? And community college is where you go to when real college is/was to expensive or you are 30 and would like to get a college degree, right?
 
2013-03-08 11:48:53 AM

PumpkinCake: My husband's father's wife


So, your mother-in-law?
 
2013-03-08 11:48:54 AM
and they keep voting Demokrat...


thestrangestbrew.com
 
2013-03-08 11:50:55 AM

Great Janitor: Isn't there some form of test that all students have to take to make sure that all who graduate can read, write and do math at a high school level?

I know that when I was in high school I had to take a state issued test on reading, writing and math before I could graduate.  I could have had a straight A average in all classes, but until that test was passed, I wasn't graduating.

But I will go ahead and say this, there is zero excuse of anyone to be in high school and not know how to read, and if there is, then the school district and parents of said kid have all failed.


New York State has a tiered diploma system: Advanced Regents, Regents, and General. For Advanced Regents and Regents diplomas, yes students need to pass a Regents exam in all core subjects demeonstrating a minimum level of competency. I'm in CNY, not NYC, but around here Regents exams are a Big Farking Deal. My oldest is taking the Science and Math exams this year, and they have already started prepping for the end of the year tests. General diplomas are much easier to earn - basically you showed up for 4 or more years and handed stuff in occasionally. If these are the kids who are testing for CUNY, then yeah this is completely believable. Usually any kid who is headed for any sort of post-high school education needs at least a Regents diploma though.
 
2013-03-08 11:51:51 AM
Subby has obviously never read the comments on YouTube.

/It is a farking train wreck.
 
2013-03-08 11:52:41 AM

MCStymie: namegoeshere: Wat dA Fuk u diz NYC scools foR?? I cn ReD FiNe! U tink U so fUkin smrt N sHiat, BicH! InnA FukU UP MUThafrkkaS!!

repsot dis if u cry evry time.

/i luv u FIVE-evah.


Sending out hugs to all LOL
 
2013-03-08 11:53:12 AM

lucksi: When they graduated from city high schools, students in a special remedial program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College couldn't make the grade

Someone translate this for me, as I am not overly familiar with the US education program. Special remedial program is just a nice way of saying school for mentally challenge people. Special school, right? And community college is where you go to when real college is/was to expensive or you are 30 and would like to get a college degree, right?


The college I went to had a remedial english and math department.  The idea behind it wasn't for the mentally challenged, but instead, was there for those who may have been out of high school for several years and were rather rusty on the basics. Spend a semester or two on a few refresher courses, then go on to your college level classes.
 
2013-03-08 11:53:38 AM

spentmiles: PumpkinCake: My husband's father's wife came to our house for Christmas, as she generally has been doing for a couple years now.  She's a public school counselor for troubled high schools and spends weekends in Juvie with the kids, so she sees a bunch of stuff.

Now, this last Christmas she and her husband went on this half hour long rant about how every homeschool kid they have ever seen has been behind in academics and socially retarded.  Just on and on (I am in charge of schooling our kids, and I can go into great detail about which curriculums we use, which charter schools we have been a part of, and which social activities we participate in. I have a BA and have published a book, and am working on a couple more, as has my husband. We're not messing around).  I don't really care what these two think: they have their lives, and we see them on birthdays sometimes (we never invited them to Christmas, they just told us they were coming one year).

And then I see stories like this, and I wonder what on earth she was smoking.  Sure, there are some homeschoolers who go off into religious bunny trails, but most of the families I know still have to take the STAR tests and we're all kickin ass and taking names.

Just venting. Hate that woman.
/seriously...in *my house* with *my family* at *Christmas*

I know!  Seriously pisses me off when people berate homeschooling!

I see that you went the "self-study" approach to your education, which is great and will probably work for you.  But as someone who has a Harvard PhD in developmental studies, I feel as though I taught my children better than any formal school every could have - private, charter, public, you name it.  I don't believe in the STAR test model, but I'm sure my children would set the bar if I offered it to them as an enrichment exercise.

My DS Ricky is an accomplished violinist whom I'm sending to Greece in the summer to study the cultural effects of economic austerity measures.  He is a wonderful boy, though ne ...


10/10 (golfclap)
 
2013-03-08 11:55:14 AM

AgentBang: NightOwl2255: AgentBang: This is one of the primary reasons why I doubt we'll continue to raise our child here once she starts going to school. Unless I hit it big and can afford a public school.

NYC schools, damn you scary.

Just don't home school.

Hell no. As much as it would break my heart, I'd rather move then my wife and I trying to home-school. We like to think we're smart, but that's what teachers are for. My experience with teaching is el-zilcho, so I'm only good enough to help with homework.


ANYBODY can teach...hell, I taught post secondary after spending 20 years in the field and was very successful.
 
2013-03-08 11:55:49 AM

PumpkinCake: My husband's father's wife came to our house for Christmas, as she generally has been doing for a couple years now.  She's a public school counselor for troubled high schools and spends weekends in Juvie with the kids, so she sees a bunch of stuff.

Now, this last Christmas she and her husband went on this half hour long rant about how every homeschool kid they have ever seen has been behind in academics and socially retarded.  Just on and on (I am in charge of schooling our kids, and I can go into great detail about which curriculums we use, which charter schools we have been a part of, and which social activities we participate in. I have a BA and have published a book, and am working on a couple more, as has my husband. We're not messing around).  I don't really care what these two think: they have their lives, and we see them on birthdays sometimes (we never invited them to Christmas, they just told us they were coming one year).

And then I see stories like this, and I wonder what on earth she was smoking.  Sure, there are some homeschoolers who go off into religious bunny trails, but most of the families I know still have to take the STAR tests and we're all kickin ass and taking names.

Just venting. Hate that woman.
/seriously...in *my house* with *my family* at *Christmas*


I've met both under and over educated home schoolers, but none who know how to interact in society. And the vast majority are deeply religious. Church at least once a week and full on tithing, and talking at work about how God affects their life all the time.
 
2013-03-08 11:56:18 AM
eshalis:

Unless you have a BA major in every subject you are not qualified to teach your kids in every subject.

Most teachers have bachelor's degrees in Education or Pedagogy, not English or Math.  If you're lucky, the teachers might have minored in English, Math, Chemistry, etc.

I've taken many courses alongside prospective math and physics high school teachers; it's scary as hell just how little they know and understand the topics they hope to teach.
 
2013-03-08 11:57:56 AM

lucksi: And community college is where you go to when real college is/was to expensive or you are 30 and would like to get a college degree, right?


I don't know about the CUNY schools, but in CNY most of the community colleges are linked into the SUNY system (which is excellent). Credits transfer easily. It is MUUUUUUUUUCH cheaper, and is a smaller, gentler environment. Many kids here will start at a community school for their basics and then transfer to a SUNY school (really easy within the system) for the second half of college, especially if they're not clear on what they want to major in yet. Also, not all kids are ready to dive into a large college environment, and for them community college can be like college with training wheels. Better that than crashing and burning in a big school.  And yeah, if you're working full time while going to school, community colleges make a lot of sense.
 
2013-03-08 11:59:14 AM
Was this on Drudge or Stormfront or something? The comment section on there was a derpapalooza-- even worse than normal for these types of websites.
 
2013-03-08 12:00:43 PM

namegoeshere: Great Janitor: Isn't there some form of test that all students have to take to make sure that all who graduate can read, write and do math at a high school level?

I know that when I was in high school I had to take a state issued test on reading, writing and math before I could graduate.  I could have had a straight A average in all classes, but until that test was passed, I wasn't graduating.

But I will go ahead and say this, there is zero excuse of anyone to be in high school and not know how to read, and if there is, then the school district and parents of said kid have all failed.

New York State has a tiered diploma system: Advanced Regents, Regents, and General. For Advanced Regents and Regents diplomas, yes students need to pass a Regents exam in all core subjects demeonstrating a minimum level of competency. I'm in CNY, not NYC, but around here Regents exams are a Big Farking Deal. My oldest is taking the Science and Math exams this year, and they have already started prepping for the end of the year tests. General diplomas are much easier to earn - basically you showed up for 4 or more years and handed stuff in occasionally. If these are the kids who are testing for CUNY, then yeah this is completely believable. Usually any kid who is headed for any sort of post-high school education needs at least a Regents diploma though.


Wow.  When I was in high school there wasn't really a tiered system.  If you wanted a high school diploma there was an exam that you had to take to prove competency in reading, writing and math.  The test was given out to 10th graders in their second semester.  Those who passed never had to take the test again.  Those who failed had two tries in their junior year and two tries their senior year to pass.  Ninth and Tenth grade years had a bit of test prepping.  Junior year and beyond there was no test prepping unless you were one of the ones who needed to retake the test.

The idea that you just show up for four years and get a diploma without having to work for it is just alien to me.  But then again, participation trophies, participation diplomas.
 
2013-03-08 12:00:54 PM

namegoeshere: lucksi: And community college is where you go to when real college is/was to expensive or you are 30 and would like to get a college degree, right?

I don't know about the CUNY schools, but in CNY most of the community colleges are linked into the SUNY system (which is excellent). Credits transfer easily. It is MUUUUUUUUUCH cheaper, and is a smaller, gentler environment. Many kids here will start at a community school for their basics and then transfer to a SUNY school (really easy within the system) for the second half of college, especially if they're not clear on what they want to major in yet. Also, not all kids are ready to dive into a large college environment, and for them community college can be like college with training wheels. Better that than crashing and burning in a big school.  And yeah, if you're working full time while going to school, community colleges make a lot of sense.


I should translate if you are not US: SUNY = State University of New York. Good schools, but public not private. Still expensive, but not nearly as expensive as private colleges.

CNY = Central New York, also called (wrongly) "Upstate."
 
2013-03-08 12:00:54 PM

FizixJunkee: If you need remedial courses, then you're not ready for college.


It's usually called community college. It's the pre-school for colleges.
 
2013-03-08 12:01:21 PM

KrispyKritter: thank 'no child left behind' for this bullshiat. mixing in the morans with those that have the possibility at a future doesn't help either. if you don't have the basics+ down pat you shouldn't be tossing money at a college.

i was in the work world a long time. met way too many spectacular idiots with college degrees. yes there are lots of very intelligent college graduates too. they are the rare ones and are usually a pleasure to converse with.


Yeah, I stopped being nervous before job interviews after I worked as an HR assistant for a while. Phone interviews are effective tools for weeding out the idiots. You can tell by how someone talks if the light bulbs are on or not. And this is AFTER weeding the resumes out. My favorite trashed resume memory is someone who wrote "impecable atention to detale". I wish I could make this shiat up.

It's really sad. You'd think ENGLISH CLASSES are enough to weed out the people who can't read. Like, I don't know, book reports? High school was over a decade ago for me so I don't know if they still require those. I had an 11 page junior research paper I had to do that was half of my final grade. How the hell are these kids passing English courses?
 
2013-03-08 12:02:52 PM

Great Janitor: The idea that you just show up for four years and get a diploma without having to work for it is just alien to me. But then again, participation trophies, participation diplomas.


It's basically for the "special needs" kids, or at least that was the reason behind it initially. Not all kids are capable of Regents diplomas, but they are still special, work really hard, yadda yadda.
 
2013-03-08 12:03:58 PM

PumpkinCake: My husband's father's wife came to our house for Christmas, as she generally has been doing for a couple years now.  She's a public school counselor for troubled high schools and spends weekends in Juvie with the kids, so she sees a bunch of stuff.

Now, this last Christmas she and her husband went on this half hour long rant about how every homeschool kid they have ever seen has been behind in academics and socially retarded.  Just on and on (I am in charge of schooling our kids, and I can go into great detail about which curriculums we use, which charter schools we have been a part of, and which social activities we participate in. I have a BA and have published a book, and am working on a couple more, as has my husband. We're not messing around).  I don't really care what these two think: they have their lives, and we see them on birthdays sometimes (we never invited them to Christmas, they just told us they were coming one year).

And then I see stories like this, and I wonder what on earth she was smoking.  Sure, there are some homeschoolers who go off into religious bunny trails, but most of the families I know still have to take the STAR tests and we're all kickin ass and taking names.

Just venting. Hate that woman.
/seriously...in *my house* with *my family* at *Christmas*


Well, it is probably the only time you let her in the house.
 
2013-03-08 12:04:18 PM

PumpkinCake: /seriously...in *my house* with *my family* at *Christmas*


How dare that harpy recount her personal experience!  Especially considering your one situation is different.  Maybe instead of being all butthurt, you could have spent some time considering the fact that not all home schooled kids have the same experience as your kids.  If you're as intelligent as you claim, it shouldn't be too difficult for you to wrap your brain around the concept that both your experiences and hers can exist at the same time.

Or, you know, you could get all butthurt that she had the gall to tell you the home schooled kids she works with are not equivalent to the ones you've run into...
 
2013-03-08 12:10:01 PM

Honest Bender: PumpkinCake: /seriously...in *my house* with *my family* at *Christmas*

How dare that harpy recount her personal experience!  Especially considering your one situation is different.  Maybe instead of being all butthurt, you could have spent some time considering the fact that not all home schooled kids have the same experience as your kids.  If you're as intelligent as you claim, it shouldn't be too difficult for you to wrap your brain around the concept that both your experiences and hers can exist at the same time.

Or, you know, you could get all butthurt that she had the gall to tell you the home schooled kids she works with are not equivalent to the ones you've run into...


I think PumpkinCake was getting mad at the MIL saying ALL homeschooled children are inbred retards. That would make me mad too, if I was homeschooling my kid.

That being said, I've met my fair share of homeschooled kids who are socially backwards and can't have normal conversations with adults, so no matter HOW smart they are, they sure don't seem it...
 
2013-03-08 12:13:07 PM

kiwimoogle84: I think PumpkinCake was getting mad at the MIL saying ALL homeschooled children are inbred retards.


But that's not what she said:

PumpkinCake: she and her husband went on this half hour long rant about how every homeschool kid they have ever seen

[...]
 
2013-03-08 12:14:40 PM
ph0rk:
This is one of the primary reasons why I doubt we'll continue to raise our child here once she starts going to school. Unless I hit it big and can afford a public school.

NYC schools, damn you scary.


Foreigner-like typing detected.


No, just an error on my end (thereby proving that I shouldn't home school). I meant "afford a private school."

Public schools are free in NYC, however there are magnet public schools which while free, one has to "audition" or provide a portfolio or some other outside work to be considered and accepted. It's terrifying and I'm not looking forward to the pressure.

This is why you have kids living in Brooklyn trekking up to the Bronx or Queens (easily an hour subway commute) to go to school because that school could offer a stronger curriculum or have better support than the "regular" school nearby. A student is welcome to attend the public school in their immediate zone, but it might not be the best choice. Those neighborhoods who are lucky enough to have a "good" school in their zone are fortunate, however it adds an additional $500-$1000 to someone's rent. Realty places even use it in their marketing..."great 2BR, zoned for PS ___."
 
2013-03-08 12:15:14 PM

Day_Old_Dutchie: This is a repeat from the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s...

The politicians response!

We need more STANDARDIZED TESTS!  VOTE FOR ME!!!  HURR DURRRR!

Reality check: Standardized testing was proven useless against illiteracy in the 1960s and was gone in the most part by the early 70s, but like a zombie, it keeps coming back to life.


Those testing companies can afford a lot of lobbyists, seeing as they have every school district in every state buying their crap.
 
2013-03-08 12:15:39 PM

spentmiles: PumpkinCake: My husband's father's wife came to our house for Christmas, as she generally has been doing for a couple years now.  She's a public school counselor for troubled high schools and spends weekends in Juvie with the kids, so she sees a bunch of stuff.

Now, this last Christmas she and her husband went on this half hour long rant about how every homeschool kid they have ever seen has been behind in academics and socially retarded.  Just on and on (I am in charge of schooling our kids, and I can go into great detail about which curriculums we use, which charter schools we have been a part of, and which social activities we participate in. I have a BA and have published a book, and am working on a couple more, as has my husband. We're not messing around).  I don't really care what these two think: they have their lives, and we see them on birthdays sometimes (we never invited them to Christmas, they just told us they were coming one year).

And then I see stories like this, and I wonder what on earth she was smoking.  Sure, there are some homeschoolers who go off into religious bunny trails, but most of the families I know still have to take the STAR tests and we're all kickin ass and taking names.

Just venting. Hate that woman.
/seriously...in *my house* with *my family* at *Christmas*

I know!  Seriously pisses me off when people berate homeschooling!

I see that you went the "self-study" approach to your education, which is great and will probably work for you.  But as someone who has a Harvard PhD in developmental studies, I feel as though I taught my children better than any formal school every could have - private, charter, public, you name it.  I don't believe in the STAR test model, but I'm sure my children would set the bar if I offered it to them as an enrichment exercise.

My DS Ricky is an accomplished violinist whom I'm sending to Greece in the summer to study the cultural effects of economic austerity measures.  He is a wonderful boy, though neighborhood kids still pick on him, accusing him of the silliest things, like masturbating his penis to the passing school bus.  Kids are just absurd.

My DD Rebbecca just started menstruating again, so we're all very proud of her and her weight gains.  She made the choice to stop eating and take all of her nutrition from staring at the sun - a silly phase for a twenty-three year old!  She's working hard on becoming an unlicensed neurosurgeon so she can repair the brains of third world children.  She seems to take great delight in collecting roadkill at night and performing her experiments on them.  Success story?  I'd say (twinkle in my eye).

My youngest, Richie, is twenty-four months and already has the vocabulary of a grown man.  He told me this morning that he wanted to be an anesthesiologist.  I told him to aim higher than the simple medical sciences!  He loves hiding under the bed, though we have to drag him out every so often so he doesn't drink his urine.  More silly kid behavior!

All in all, we're the perfect family.  I hope that you and I, being geniuses, can bring our families together and form some sort of super group of singing, brain repairing, clean freaks who show the world that we're better than everyone else!  And don't worry - we'll tutor your little darlings up so they won't feel inadequate.  And you too!

Please contact me so we can schedule a home science fair or inter-capta geography rodeo with group massage.


Bravo.
That is all.
 
2013-03-08 12:16:04 PM

FizixJunkee: If you need remedial courses, then you're not ready for college.


Some colleges rig the intro test so everyone at least takes 1 remedial course, my college did with remedial English.  Turns out the only way out of that course was to transfer in another college's English 101, however they didn't tell any new students that.

The only way I found out about it is when a buddy of mine went to the head of the English department to complain.

/"Remedial Courses" = extra $$$$$
 
2013-03-08 12:17:02 PM

clane: and they keep voting Demokrat...


[thestrangestbrew.com image 232x218]


he was elected three times as - a republican!
perhaps you need some remedial education yourself.
fun fact: i had just voted against him in the republican primary on 9/11 when ...
 
2013-03-08 12:18:00 PM

spentmiles: PumpkinCake: My husband's father's wife came to our house for Christmas, as she generally has been doing for a couple years now.  She's a public school counselor for troubled high schools and spends weekends in Juvie with the kids, so she sees a bunch of stuff.

Now, this last Christmas she and her husband went on this half hour long rant about how every homeschool kid they have ever seen has been behind in academics and socially retarded.  Just on and on (I am in charge of schooling our kids, and I can go into great detail about which curriculums we use, which charter schools we have been a part of, and which social activities we participate in. I have a BA and have published a book, and am working on a couple more, as has my husband. We're not messing around).  I don't really care what these two think: they have their lives, and we see them on birthdays sometimes (we never invited them to Christmas, they just told us they were coming one year).

And then I see stories like this, and I wonder what on earth she was smoking.  Sure, there are some homeschoolers who go off into religious bunny trails, but most of the families I know still have to take the STAR tests and we're all kickin ass and taking names.

Just venting. Hate that woman.
/seriously...in *my house* with *my family* at *Christmas*

I know!  Seriously pisses me off when people berate homeschooling!

I see that you went the "self-study" approach to your education, which is great and will probably work for you.  But as someone who has a Harvard PhD in developmental studies, I feel as though I taught my children better than any formal school every could have - private, charter, public, you name it.  I don't believe in the STAR test model, but I'm sure my children would set the bar if I offered it to them as an enrichment exercise.

My DS Ricky is an accomplished violinist whom I'm sending to Greece in the summer to study the cultural effects of economic austerity measures.  He is a wonderful boy, though ne ...


That's dedication.
 
2013-03-08 12:19:14 PM

ModernLuddite: I bet they can read Spanish just fine!


I bet they're illiterate in several languages.
 
2013-03-08 12:20:01 PM

eshalis: PumpkinCake: My husband's father's wife came to our house for Christmas, as she generally has been doing for a couple years now.  She's a public school counselor for troubled high schools and spends weekends in Juvie with the kids, so she sees a bunch of stuff.

Now, this last Christmas she and her husband went on this half hour long rant about how every homeschool kid they have ever seen has been behind in academics and socially retarded.  Just on and on (I am in charge of schooling our kids, and I can go into great detail about which curriculums we use, which charter schools we have been a part of, and which social activities we participate in. I have a BA and have published a book, and am working on a couple more, as has my husband. We're not messing around).  I don't really care what these two think: they have their lives, and we see them on birthdays sometimes (we never invited them to Christmas, they just told us they were coming one year).

And then I see stories like this, and I wonder what on earth she was smoking.  Sure, there are some homeschoolers who go off into religious bunny trails, but most of the families I know still have to take the STAR tests and we're all kickin ass and taking names.

Just venting. Hate that woman.
/seriously...in *my house* with *my family* at *Christmas*

Unless you have a BA major in every subject you are not qualified to teach your kids in every subject.


I was a public and private school teacher before I had kids.  They seemed happy with my qualifications, sweetcakes ;)
 
2013-03-08 12:21:53 PM

shortymac: FizixJunkee: If you need remedial courses, then you're not ready for college.

Some colleges rig the intro test so everyone at least takes 1 remedial course, my college did with remedial English.  Turns out the only way out of that course was to transfer in another college's English 101, however they didn't tell any new students that.

The only way I found out about it is when a buddy of mine went to the head of the English department to complain.

/"Remedial Courses" = extra $$$$$



There was a 7 year gap in my education when I didn't take a single math course or use math in any way and I still tested straight into college-level calculus when I returned to college (and that's without any prep).   Oh, and I got A's in the calculus courses, too.  No remedial courses needed.
 
2013-03-08 12:23:13 PM
Wow.  Just wow.  I think EPIC FAIL doesn't even come close to describing how bad this is.

I teach ESL writing as a TA at the U of Illinois.  The majority of my students are Chinese.  Even they have a grasp of basic English writing skills.  This is a sad day for all of us Americans.
 
2013-03-08 12:23:40 PM

Honest Bender: kiwimoogle84: I think PumpkinCake was getting mad at the MIL saying ALL homeschooled children are inbred retards.

But that's not what she said:

PumpkinCake: she and her husband went on this half hour long rant about how every homeschool kid they have ever seen [...]



You're right, but upon first skim that's how I translated it. My mistake.
 
2013-03-08 12:25:44 PM

spentmiles: PumpkinCake: My husband's father's wife came to our house for Christmas, as she generally has been doing for a couple years now.  She's a public school counselor for troubled high schools and spends weekends in Juvie with the kids, so she sees a bunch of stuff.

Now, this last Christmas she and her husband went on this half hour long rant about how every homeschool kid they have ever seen has been behind in academics and socially retarded.  Just on and on (I am in charge of schooling our kids, and I can go into great detail about which curriculums we use, which charter schools we have been a part of, and which social activities we participate in. I have a BA and have published a book, and am working on a couple more, as has my husband. We're not messing around).  I don't really care what these two think: they have their lives, and we see them on birthdays sometimes (we never invited them to Christmas, they just told us they were coming one year).

And then I see stories like this, and I wonder what on earth she was smoking.  Sure, there are some homeschoolers who go off into religious bunny trails, but most of the families I know still have to take the STAR tests and we're all kickin ass and taking names.

Just venting. Hate that woman.
/seriously...in *my house* with *my family* at *Christmas*

I know!  Seriously pisses me off when people berate homeschooling!

I see that you went the "self-study" approach to your education, which is great and will probably work for you.  But as someone who has a Harvard PhD in developmental studies, I feel as though I taught my children better than any formal school every could have - private, charter, public, you name it.  I don't believe in the STAR test model, but I'm sure my children would set the bar if I offered it to them as an enrichment exercise.

My DS Ricky is an accomplished violinist whom I'm sending to Greece in the summer to study the cultural effects of economic austerity measures.  He is a wonderful boy, though ne ...



Channeling you inner Pocket Ninja today?
 
2013-03-08 12:37:03 PM

itsfullofstars: Looking at administration contact lists on the New York State department of education website and filtering out the people with title of "Principal" there are:

197 Administrators
366 various "Directors"
835 various other titles

Devote 20% of these middle and upper managers time to remedial reading tutoring.  Mission (at least partially  accomplished.


You forgot to close that parenthetical, which makes your "partially accomplished" comment hilarious.
 
2013-03-08 12:38:33 PM

kiwimoogle84: Honest Bender: kiwimoogle84: I think PumpkinCake was getting mad at the MIL saying ALL homeschooled children are inbred retards.

But that's not what she said:

PumpkinCake: she and her husband went on this half hour long rant about how every homeschool kid they have ever seen [...]


You're right, but upon first skim that's how I translated it. My mistake.


You ARE the 80%

/Just kidding :-)
 
2013-03-08 12:39:58 PM

Molavian: Giltric: I guess their teachers weren't getting paid enough.

right guys?

Well, obviously.  If you pay them more they do a better job.


THIS! Clearly everyone should be paid the same since pay has no impact on anything. My CEO completely agrees.

troll scoring 4/10 (minus 1 for direct solicitation)
 
Displayed 50 of 146 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report