September 30, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
Devon Marvin lost her life “because of a stupid math test.” Continue Reading
Tags: documentaries, Fargo, Fargo Theatre, films, K12 education, Movies, race to nowhere, Schools, students 9 Comments »
There are a couple of questions to be asked. Why do parents overextend their kids by putting them in so many activities from the time they can walk? How does this reconcile with the recent story about a large percentage of kids not prepared for college once they are there?
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So, homework is to blame? How much time is wasted texting?
That was my first thought too … they’re getting 6 hours of sleep because rather than do their homework efficiently and without interruptions they have their cell phone (or internet) next to them and are having text conversations with all their friends instead of completing the task at hand faster.
The stresses of school? What stresses? I mean, I don’t remember ever spending more than an hour or two a week on school and still managed to get a 3.9 and take 7 AP courses… Even with sports and misses class all the time, school was the least of my stressors. And let’s not even get into the fact that we keep watering down our curriculum and letting kids graduate with less, all the while watching every other developed nation in the world waltz past us in terms of academic performance.
Perhaps parents need to do a better job parenting and placing blame on the things that almost certainly contribute to a better person (academics, personal responsibility, physical and sexual health, etc).
Perhaps there really were no signs of the one child’s troubles and subsequent suicide, but perhaps the child was just mentally ill or the parent was just ignorant of these problems. My own parents were of my little brother, no matter how obvious the signs. Luckily he made it through all of that.
Maybe the kids are just dumber today.
I don’t think so. I think there is just more of everything. We need a moratorium on breeding.
They sure have it rough….I mean what did we have to worry about. So what if the USSR wanted to make us the world’s largest glass parking lot and that little thing called being drafted..big woop. I mean working at 14 to help support the family surely can’t compare with all the stresses involved with keeping up one’s social networks. My heart surly bleeds for today’s youth. And yes, I did walk to school through three feet of snow because it was never canceld.
The article says, “The movie ends with suggestions for educators, including more recess and physical time in the day, less homework, and homework-free nights or weekends.” Recess and phys ed have been cut due to budgets, which comes at the state level. From about 4th grade on (which was quite a few decades ago!), I recall having some homework each night. Furthermore, if you are planning on going to college, you better get used to nights and weekends of homework.
@Marty, I’m a college graduate with a white collar job, and I learned more about life while participating in and coaching youth sports than I ever did in a classroom.
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