I keep thinking about this thread when I should be working on other shit. It finally hit me. Rather than shaking our heads at the kids who can't seem to perform simple tasks such as reading an analog clock, read/write cursive, or even tie their shoes, we should be blaming the older generations around them. Somebody older than them never bothered to take the time to teach them those skills. Rather it was their parents, grandparents, or school board.
Watches have always been gadgets to me. I've worn smartwatches since long before it was an actual category of gadget. However, I didn't get my first digital watch until I learned to tell time with an analog watch. I can vividly remember my mother telling me that I could go somewhere to play, but, I had to be home at such n such time. I'd hold out my tiny wrist with a Mickey Mouse watch and asked what that would look like.
Same with my shoes. I couldn't get velcro sneakers until I learned to tie them. I don't think I ever did get velcro sneakers. Again, she took the time to make sure I learned the skill before letting me take the easier route.
I read something a few weeks ago that said roughly 1/3 of all Millennials don't know what the Holocaust was. They're not Holocaust deniers, they simply don't know what it was. As crazy as that sounds, it was never covered in my History classes. Anything that I know about it comes from the fact that I have a general interest in history. Somebody older than those students made the decision not to teach them about it.
I can't fault the kids for not knowing The Basics if nobody ever took the time to teach them.
Post by martycanuck on May 8, 2018 16:23:26 GMT -5
What exactly about reading an analog clock is a sign of intelligence of lack of? Sorry, I still don’t get it. This is just a hanging on to “it was good enough for me when I was a kid and goddammit it better be good enough for you too!”
And to this common English dictionary a fact is: "When you refer to something as a fact or as fact, you mean that you think it is true or correct."
Did you catch the 'you think' in that definition?
Now let's not get started on religion or politics or guns or other such stuff because my FACTS might just be different than your FACTS and you know what they say about polls and statistics, right? And what you can expect when you ASS-U-ME, right?
Remember too that 'the winners write the history of the battle/war. With the 'facts' of course...
Well, if it makes any of you feel better, most of the kids in my Social Studies classes can tell you exactly what the Holocaust was, where it was, and pretty much why it was. None of them have an IQ over 80. Dates are a bit harder. But that's because (don't tell anyone) I choose what we will study. The teacher I work with gave up worksheets (we are never issued textbooks) to focus on "Today in History." He put me in charge of the timeline and that meant that I was the one deciding on the topic for the day. I do extensive research and fact checking then he checks my work while he prepares the actual lessons. The end result is that our kids learn things that regular ed kids never even come close to studying.
We also don't have kids whining about having to learn because we make it fun and interesting. Could every teacher do this? Sadly no. It takes loads of time and an open mind. And even though I have at least one topic for every day of the year, new things happen and I learn about old things that need to be added in. When the administrators come in to evaluate us, they are usually impressed. Sometimes they even end up staying for the entire period instead of the 4 to 10 minutes they planned on.
You see, they are learning and having fun too.
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