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When do you think the education system really changed?
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(01-13-2020, 06:39 PM)Lily Wrote: I still want to know why I learned the metric system. Allegedly the whole world was going to become metric. We learned it and it never happened.
I think I received an okay education but I do believe that the No Child Left behind totally destroyed public education. After no child left behind, the schools were allowed to drop the level of education standard down to the dumbest kid.

you nailed it in one paragraph
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." Thomas Jefferson


"I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery"...Thomas Jefferson


"Liberty means responsibility, which is why most men dread it." George Bernard Shaw
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLLDn7MjbF0
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I graduated in '68, but was older than my brothers: 8 years older than the middle guy, 11 years older than the stooge. By the time the stooge was in HS, I really noticed the 'change' in education. Slightly noticeable with the middle guy, but he was always 'more schooled at home' by the books he read and in arguments with his teachers - which meant, lots of 'time off' for him for 'thinking differently' and proving his points. So, that throws us into the 70's. I did notice one thing about some of the classes I took in HS, though: they used text books that seemed to lean toward 'continue your education and learn more about this' than they did actual new info. We did learn about DNA, though.
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When I was in HS in the 70s, we had a "tracking" system: the so-called best and the brightest were on A track, the regular kids were on B track, and the lowest "achievers" were on C track.

I got stuck in A track. The course requirements for each track were different. I was forced to take things like physics, chemistry and geometry and was forbidden to take art classes. B track had the most freedom: they could take anything, although B track versions of A track classes were a bit lighter. C track kids only had to show up. It was like someone already designated them as "useless eaters" and those who taught those classes didn't put much effort into actually encouraging them to learn anything.

It was a hideous system, and you couldn't jump tracks once you were assigned to them. It was bad enough to deal with the regular social hierarchies in high school, but then to add another layer of crap on top of that was pretty unbearable. I did find an outlet for my art and writing, however, by helping to put out an underground newspaper. Chuckle
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I'm going with 1965.

As part of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the U.S. Congress passed the Higher Education Act of 1965; this important legislation established a system of low-interest loans and scholarships to make college education more affordable for everyone.

The same year, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was passed; prior to its enactment, most school districts were independently operated and financed by local governments and initiatives. With the passage of the act, as federal monies were funneled to local school districts, local funding lost importance.

https://www.educationnews.org/education-...gin-story/
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(01-13-2020, 05:50 PM)hurchel Wrote: When they stopped teaching phonetics....

More like when they started using phonetics or ebonics and quit failing students.

My public school system experience 1956 to 1968 were for me boring as all get out.
Small town, and teaching at an average student level. No student IQ testing or advanced placement.
No self paced studies at all.
Just mind numbing general intelligence non challenging rote teaching and memorization by mostly bored poor teachers.

I got straight Bs in one class for the whole year by a teacher who I had before. He told me if I sat in the back of the class, and didn't ask questions that would only confuse most of the students, kept my mouth shut, and didn't act up, he would pass me.
At the time I thought that was a hell of a good deal. In hindsight I am disappointed by the whole affair.
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