It sort of scares me that people like this are teaching kids

December 1st, 2008

I found the following quote in a story about how 64% of high school students have cheated on a test:

Riddle, cialis canada find who for four decades was a high school teacher and principal in northern Virginia, sildenafil agreed that more pressure could lead to more cheating, cialis yet spoke in defense of today’s students.

“I would take these students over other generations,” he said. “I found them to be more responsive, more rewarding to work with, more appreciative of support that adults give them.

“We have to create situations where it’s easy for kids to do the right things,” he added. “We need to create classrooms where learning takes on more importance than having the right answer.”

  1. Shouldn’t we be teaching kids that it’s important to do the right things whether it’s “easy” or not? Usually, the most important time to do the right thing, is when it’s hard.
  2. I thought the whole point of learning was to have the right answer? At least, I hope that’s what my doctor, lawyer, mechanic, and accountant learned.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. capper  |  December 1st, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    I think it would be better to teach the kids how to think the problem through. Knowing why the answer is what it is, will prove to be more valuable than just regurgitating the answer.

  • 2. Wonder Woman  |  December 2nd, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Having a solid grounding, knowing the right answer, allowing children to figure out why it’s right, is to grow up as a functional adult…

    IE: I’m broke at the end of the month, after payday, paying my bills, etc… Do I rob a bank? Uh, no. I know what’s required of me, what IS wrong and what IS the correct course of action to take.

    IE: Like drunk driving really, I have made a choice that if I drink (not that I ever seem to get to – ugh) I simply don’t drive. Learning right from wrong. Figuring out why … is an individual learning opportunity.

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