This is probably going to be a fairly weak rant but oh well.
At the ripe old age of 22, I dare to say I officially have seen it all. There have been two serparate incidents in the past month that have made me wonder the state of affairs that schools are in.
I was helping my 12 year old cousin with her geography homework one night. We were talking about how remote some places were. She told me that she would never want to go to alaska because it wasn’t near anything. Jokingly I told her that it can’t be so bad that because it was near russia. She argued with me for a half hour about whether alaska was near russia or not because on the map they are on opposite sides. So I had to pull out a map that was circular for her to get it. Then she asked me where Hawaii was if alaska was so close to russia- because on her maps alaska and hawaii are right next to each other. Summoning as much patience as I could I explained to her that some maps put them real close together so you could see that they are indeed there without putting canada and alot of ocean in. the next day she came back and got my book with the circular map that shows alaska and russia= because her class mates also did not believe they were anywhere near each other- Her teacher told her that they weren’t “too close” together so she wasn’t wrong in thinking that they were no where near each other. Now maybe I am the moron here but when I look at a map- they look pretty close together to me.
The other incident involves my room mate. We were playing a trvia game last night and it was her turn to answer a question. the question was " what country is Nelson Mandela president of?’
My room mate promptly answered “Africa”. I looked at her for a minute and then asked her to be a bit more specific. (also insert vales of laughter) This is when it wasn’t so funny, because my roommate thought that africa was one country. I thought that she had to be joking- But she did indeed think that africa was the name of the whole continent and country. I asked her where she thought Nigeria and Ghana and rwanda were, she had no clue. When she took world history they didn’t even cover africa- just europe and south america- anda little bit of Asia- no middle east or africa.
Maybe I am a bit off here but What the hell is going on in schools?
Isn’t geography kind of important? My roommate also Had no clue that pearl harbor was in Hawaii- skip geography- what about a little history? My roomie is no moron- and she got decent grades in school- How do you not learn this stuff in school?
I have a few relatives that went to school outside of the country(USA) and it seems like they are learning so much more than my relatives that live here. Are we really so behind? How are we as a nation supposed to keep up with other countries if our children can’t even identify countries on a map? Or do the math that almost everyone needs to get by now a days.
In my hometown there is a guy who used to be star of the basketball team- he was always on the honor roll but everybody knew he couldn’t read- and he graduated along with everyone else anyway- and went on to college to play basketball- Unlike highschool- the college refused to pass him on and he was soon back in our homewoten, basketball scholarship gone. But how did he ever make it that far in the first place? Are our teachers so bogged down that they just pass people anyway? Did they do him a favor by passing him along when he couldn’t read?
Even as I write this I am not sure what to do about the problem, I want to be a school teacher one day- But will it even make a difference? I am hoping that I am the one behind and this is not a big as problem as I think it is.
I realise that this post is probably lacking in the vitriol needed for the pit- but I am truly angry as I write this- so if it makes any one feel any better feel free to sprinkle random cuss words throughout this post.