A Product Of The iGeneration

This blog is where I make commentary on everything from serious world and American issues to the stupid crap that celebrities do, say, and get away/don't get away with. To read my personal thoughts and about my everyday life, go to www.xanga.com/rhymemaster0515.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Setting The Bar Too High

Imagine this.

A girl sits in calculus class at her rural high school. The rooms and halls that surround her contain over 800 other kids. She barely passed Algebra her freshman year. She made it through Geometry. She's a junior now. She's staring at a worksheet in Calculus. It's not processing. She can't process it. It's just ink on paper to her. She can't get it to process, no formula comes to mind. She's drawn a blank. They've set the bar too high.

This is happening in today's high schools. They're setting the bar too high. The bar is so high, that only the elite, straight-A, 4.0 average students can jump it. The average student can't jump this bar, and if they do, it's only by the skin of their teeth.

They're making kids take courses they'll never need unless they go into a certain field of work. Who needs three math credits unless you're going to be an engineer? If you're going to be a farmer I doubt you'll need calculus.

It's ignorant of today's high schools to assume we're all going to college. No. We're NOT all going to college. We're NOT all going to get a higher education. A LOT of us are going to be pure hardknocks who make a living out of our own pure blood, sweat, and tears. When we could be taking electives that have more to do with what we plan on doing, we're being forced to take courses that we know we'll most likely not need in our career paths.

They've set the bar so high that we average (and below-average) kids can't even meet it, let alone jump it and make it to the other side.

I wonder if it ever crosses the minds of the people who set the bar that so many kids drop out because they've made it too hard to finish. I wonder how it makes them feel.

Monday, August 07, 2006

I Hate The News

I hate the news. It's too depressing. All they ever give you is bad news. Birdflu this, Hezbollah that. I'm sick of it. The only reason I ever watch national news programs is because my grandparents do and it's their home, I'm not going to make them watch what I want to watch.

But in all honesty, I do desperately hate the news. I hate hearing bad news. I'm a product of the iGeneration. All I've ever heard is bad news, whether it was the Gulf war, the possible impeachment of a president, a terrorist attack on my home turf, or 10,000 wars going on at once in just one region of the world - it's so sad. Wait. I take that back. I'd much rather hear about politicians' troubles than about war and suffering.

At least when I read the news paper, I can skip the bad news sections and go straight to the movie, music, and book reviews and entertainment news. On the news, you can't fast-forward. You can only sit there and watch, or change the channel.

The only news show I truly enjoy is "Today." At least they mix fashion, entertainment, and cooking in with the occasional mention of heads getting blown off in Oogibukkioglistan.

With all do respect to all the great newscasters of the past, the present, and the future - I hate the news.