Quote: Originally Posted by petros
You can't force a kid to learn. If you aren't teaching your kid a few things before they are 5 whose fault is that?
It's the parent who create the habits of their children. It's not the schools job to do what you didn't do as a parent for the first 5 years.
I think children are influenced to some degree by all they come in contact with. Normally the parents would have the most influence, but there's no doubt they are influenced also by the teacher, the soccer coach, the Scout leader, the Sunday School teacher etc.
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny
I'm amazed at what kids are learning at a young age. Kids in middle school are learning math that I took in high school. Kids here are expected to know how to read by the time they start kindergarten. Some of the stuff my daughter took last year in gr 8 science was stuff that 20 years ago was taught in 1st year med school.
There's a simple explanation for that, most of the stuff the kids are learning today wasn't knowledge when I went to school.
"If you want results....bring back "the strap"! "
It will never happen, and probably a good thing. It worked well 50 years ago, but I'd wonder about a teacher strapping my kid who thinks they should be entitled to two weeks holidays when a friend dies! There's not much a kid could do that would be that stupid! Besides we HAVE to be "politically correct".