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Can't today. I'm waiting until tomorrow, December 8th.
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas for the turn of the 20th century explorer.
High school teacher here. Another problem is that many of the required texts in high school English classes are not good to read. Even our teachers do not want to teach them. Things like Beowulf, British Lit, etc.
The idea of common core is to make what kids do in class less rote and basic and more higher level thinking. It is challenging, however, when many students now a days do not want to put in the necessary effort to achieve a good grade and show proficiency in a particular class.
CCSS needs to more time and effort from administration and curriculum directors to be done right. It's a good idea in theory.
You shut your filthy whore mouth!
In all seriousness, I can understand why someone wouldn't want to read it, but it's still the oldest written work in English, and is one of the most badass stories I've ever read.
Dude I've never read it myself. I'm just echoing what the kids say.
Come on, the Seamus Heaney translation of Beowulf kicks ass. One of the few books I read in HS that I ended up buying for my own bookshelf.
tRCMB - Visit at your own risk of being disgusted.
Secret sharer not too shabby either.
Does it really matter what kids read today? Schooling today is a joke.....I'n today's world it is who can cheat the best in school not who studies or reads the most.
That's why I'm home schooling my kids while I teach them how to become ninja warriors.
I have mixed feelings on the common core standards. Having some common standards is not a bad idea, but they quickly get over specified, tied to tests and then they undermine teacher autonomy and often interfere with really creative & effective teaching.
If interested, here is an article from one of the world's leading experts on educational change. He argues that trying to change educational systems with standards, tests, and teacher accountability has never worked. These can be part of an effective system if they are more in the background, but they don't work as drivers of change.
So the teachers are just an older version of their apathetic students? Great.
We read some Poe stories, which I always enjoyed. But Moby Dick in HS? People do that? Maybe we read some excerpts or something, but I think that book is a bit too dense for the HS classroom.
What makes you say this?
The mathematics standards for K-5 are extremely well done. They get a bit worse as you go up grade levels from there, the high school ones are poor, but K-8 is all internationally benchmarked and very well put together.
The best part so far is that more and more creative projects have good reason to put time and money into developing tools that go with the Common Core. Things are taking off at an exponential rate as far as good math resources go. Very exciting time to be involved in education in my opinion.
Perhaps I'm the minority here - but I believe many HS's should shift gears to prepare kids for a more technical career skills. Inner city schools should emphasize skilled trades - and prepare kids for a career where a decent wage is offered. Recognize the majority of these kids aren't college bound.
1. Dick's Fake Eye for better or for worse this isn't Germany. In America we believe that anyone can be anything that they want to be. That is why every high school in the state/USA offers the same stuff. That would be considered social engineering even though for the most part it is true.
2. Turtleneck, my point is that it is very difficult to get a majority of average to below average high school juniors excited about some of the books that they have to read. Our 9/10th grade books are full of the major classics: Night, To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, etc. Our juniors right now are so bombarded (sp?) with ACT prep that they are going crazy.
So, because a kid had the bad luck of being born into poverty, he is also then denied the education of his choice?
I cannot properly express how angry your post makes me. What right do you have to decide some one's future?
EVERY KID IS COLLEGE BOUND! EVERYONE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE GREAT! TO BE WHATEVER IT IS THEY WANT TO BE!!!
"No one cares what you know, until they know how much you care." Mark Dantonio
Please don't confuse LWS with truth and facts. His fantasy world is much more comfortable for him.
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