Skip to comments.K-12: The Most Appalling Things About Today's Students
Posted on 04/08/2020 6:30:52 PM PDT by BruceDeitrickPrice
Our schools claim to teach sophisticated topics such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, the meaning of math, social emotional learning, and dozens of other buzzwords. Truth is, the schools hardly bother to teach even basic skills and foundational knowledge. Simultaneously, children are indulged and excused, which encourage the least desirable personal traits.
All of which explains the answers left by teachers (on an internet forum, Quora) when asked this question: what are the most appalling things about students nowadays?
One of the big things that disappeared over the years from teenagers is common sense. Teens would do something really stupid, such as chugging down any number of foods in vast quantities and then whine and complain that they were sick to their stomach. Its not fair! they moaned.
The number of students with abnormally-short attention spans, a difficult time settling down, and aversion to silence increases every year.
I had two girls who could not read the recipe clearly, which called for one and a quarter teaspoons of cinnamon in a recipe. They put in one and a quarter CUPS instead, an amount that is 48 times greater than what the recipe called for. The lack of common sense meant that they emptied our industrial-sized canister of cinnamon, and they didnt see any problem with this.
Students today will wait until the day before then try to find a way to cheat, fail miserably and throw some random sh*t together in two hours and then complain because Its impossible to get good grades from you!
How about the student who didnt know how to peel a carrot? I showed her how to hold the peeler correctly against the carrot and work her way around the carrot to remove the outer layer. What I didnt point out to her was to stop when she got all the way around. She kept on peeling until the entire carrot disappeared into the sink. I am not making this up.
I taught 7th grade science and (a couple years of) 8th grade science/history. What I found most appalling was the lack of basic knowledge in the students who entered my 7th grade classes. The worst part was they were just realizing that they didnt know anything. When they figured out that they were not prepared for the level of rigor in the 7th grade classes at the junior high where I taught, it was actually heartbreaking to watch.
The students think they are entitled to an education without doing homework, studying for tests, or paying attention in class. 25% get an education and the rest waste their time and money. Truly pathetic young people.
I dont think students realize how much of their lives they are wasting on their smartphones. Compared to the students I taught even 15 years ago, they are oblivious of the sky, of flowers or trees, or of any nature; they struggle with concentrated reading, group work, or even conversation. Change oil? Start a fire? Forget it. Students on the street looked at me like I was MacGyver when my bicycles chain fell off and I threaded it back on.
What I find distressing about many US students that I encounter is their lack of knowledge and curiosity about the world and history .They can tell me where all the bars are in town, but cant find Norway, Pakistan, Chile, or South Korea on a map with hints.
I teach high school. Some students lie like the rest of us breath. It is second nature. As a result I think that most teachers end up being very cynical whenever a student tells them anything. Me: John, stop poking Timmy. John (continuing to poke Timmy with his pen while I look right at him): Im not!
I would say it is their lack of respect towards the teachers and fellow students that is the most appalling thing. Respect is a quality seriously lacking in todays society! There once was a time . we respected our teachers by our words and actions.
it is clear that students attention spans have shortened over my 25 years of teaching. With notable exceptions, most students boredom threshold is lower nowadays.
I worked at the Los Angeles inner-city middle school about 10 years ago, and something that struck me is absurd was that virtually none of the students met grade level standards but still received As, Bs, and Cs!! The fact that almost nobody could do grade-level work was very embarrassing for the school and the school district; so for the politically expedient motive of wanting to make it look as though profound learning was taking place, there was extreme grade inflation.
They are surprised that the world doesnt revolve around them! I am amazed how many kids have never been told no!
Speaking of students higher than middle school I think their most appalling trait in general is lack of basic cultural/historical knowledge. I retired after teaching decades of Xers' who continued to be less and less prepared for college and more and more overly confident about their abilities. I think us boomers did a disservice when we gave everybody a trophy. In an effort to want the next generation to feel special, they become overly confident and difficult to teach.
Theyre unable to make change using simple arithmetic.
The situation is getting worse, if anything. The obvious solution is to back up 75 years and start doing school correctly. Teach basic skills. Teach foundational knowledge. Just as important, teach responsibility and self-discipline. To improve the schools, we need to get rid of the people now in charge, them and their phony ideas. Give children the proper education they are surely entitled to.
For contrast, consider "the strictest school in the UK. Students are treated like recruits in basic training. But they seem to thrive.
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A cup and a half of cinnamon.? Hilarious.
It wouldn't even be hard. We do know how to do this stuff. We just need the desire to do it.
Amen! Yet these same children think they are smarter than anyone living or dead. Parents have been befriending their children instead of teaching them basic life skills for the past 30 yrs.
eliminate co-ed, uniforms only similar to “Goodbye Mr. Chips.”
Dunning-Krueger in full effect.
Yeah, because everyone has a quart of cinnamon in their cupboard.
Related to the short attention span, I think, is a complete inability to focus their thoughts. I have had man conversations with people which follow this line:
“So, there was this guy, and — anyway, last week, we got together — but wait — remember that car we saw? Because this guy knows the one who — whatever. So we went there and it’s like I said, she totally didn’t want to, whatever. So, anyway, I just went “Later”.”
Nothing but mush in the head.
I have a question for you, since you’re promoting your writing on Canada Free Press. Is Sean_Anthony a real person?
Never mind 500 years in the future. We have arrived. Anyone who can really think is tarded. Yay Idiocracy!
But, but they know that electrolytes are good.
But then again, they’ll probably never have seen Idiocracy.
Run schools like military academys. Kids act up? Put them im straight jackes and muzzles. When ACLU and lawyers sue, ignore them.
Drive around my area and you’ll see chest coolers at all the mailboxes for families with school-aged children. Those are for the free breakfasts and lunches that school buses are now delivering every day for every kid under age 19.
Apparently it’s too damned difficult for a teenager to make a sandwich for lunch.
Visit our local food shelf and you’ll find a group of 20-somethings waiting impatiently while another group of folks in their 70’s try to put together meal boxes for them. I’ve been told fights sometimes break out at the food shelf when some item runs out.
This school-aged generation doesn’t merely lack respect for their elders - they have been taught to despise them by social justice warrior teachers.
Most of these kids will end up living under a bridge.
One thing this crisis has shown, is that schools no longer teach how Federalism is supposed to work.
Bet they watch "Ow, My Balls!"
I hear you man, cuz like totally. ‘Cuz like I knew this guy he had ..like ..wait.. what.. this...is..not...my... phone. Whatever , so I said “Dude... like, ya know? Totally.
You forgot the y on many you were saying ?
Hey, typos don’t count.
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