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#16 Growled

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 01:04

I have an idea. Let's just dumb everyone down so we are all happy with just the mediocre. :(




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Posted 20 August 2013 - 01:14

Shouldn't other kids be encouraged to read more to become number one?

 

And here I thought James Cameron raised the bar...



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 01:23

"Casey said some of the children read only the minimum of 10 books so they can receive an invitation to the party at the end of the program."

 

What? If I was rewarded for reading at that age I would have read sooo many books. I never got into reading and the best time to start is when your young. oh well.

 

Also they should create more prize sub categories for new readers, slower readers, etc...  or more incentives.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 13:27

I have an idea. Let's just dumb everyone down so we are all happy with just the mediocre. :(

I thought that was what most of the public schools are doing now. ;)



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 13:38

How could you possibly deduce their political affiliations form that article? It is so frustrating these days that every little thing instantly becomes some pedantic political row.

Because it is actually in line with the liberal style school system we have in the US. If everyone is special and everyone is a winner, that means that if anyone actually is a winner and special, they have to be held back so others aren't discouraged. Public school systems don't encourage there students to do better than average, which is a 70%. If you do, situations like this one happen and they try to separate you from the rest of the group because you destroy the idea that everyone is special and a winner. It is not uncommon for teachers to tell students to not raise there hand anymore and let other people answer because it makes others feel stupid. While there are some conservatives that also subscribe to this crap, this is primarily a liberal idea that stems from everyone having to be PC and nobody offending anyone else in any way, shape, or form.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 13:40

^ Special has no meaning, if everyone is. ;)



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 13:43

Growled, on 19 Aug 2013 - 20:04, said:

I have an idea. Let's just dumb everyone down so we are all happy with just the mediocre. :(

It's the American way.

 

The gub'ment wants dumb citizens as smart people ask questions.



#23 ILikeTobacco

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 13:44

It's the American way.

 

The gub'ment wants dumb citizens as smart people ask questions.

Dumb people ask questions too....they are just dumb questions. :shifty:



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 13:44

Yeah lets also ask Brazil, Germany and more recently Spain not to compete in the World Cup anymore because they win it too often  :cry:  :rolleyes:



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 13:47

Yeah lets also ask Brazil, Germany and more recently Spain not to compete in the World Cup anymore because they win it too often  :cry:  :rolleyes:

I'm sure they'd be more than happy to oblige such a simple request.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 13:47

Yeah lets also ask Brazil, Germany and more recently Spain not to compete in the World Cup anymore because they win it too often  :cry:  :rolleyes:

pft... we would still lose



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 13:48

Here's a true story:

 

I've always enjoyed reading.  As a kid, my mother used to read WITH me (not TO me).  My nan used to alliterate books and make stories fun.  My dad used to do "flashcards" with me.

 

When I went to school (early 1980's, north London) we had boxes of books.  Each box was for a specific year - we could pick books, read them, write a review ("It was good, I liked it because of the dog") and choose another.  This was quite independent, thinking back.

 

In my 2nd year at the school, I had read all of the books in the designated box, and moved onto the next year's.  Once my teacher had realised I'd completed those...

 

I was told off for reading too many books!

 

WTF?  Let's not encourage this lad who clearly enjoys reading.  Oh no, let's firstly question that he's actually read the books, and then tell him his is naughty for reading them too quickly (even though I clearly had read them properly).  I remember being told that books "weren't free".

 

Thankfully, my parents came in and set things straight - suggesting the whole issue was pathetic, and if I wanted to read more then they would provide me with as many books as I could read.

 

Pathetic!



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 13:48

Shouldn't other kids be encouraged to read more to become number one?

 

 

 

Not really.

 

More than 10 books a week is kind of crazy. He basically just read and do nothing else probably. I would not want my daughter to be addicted like that.



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 13:52


I was told off for reading too many books!

I was told not to read Playboys :blush:



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Posted 20 August 2013 - 13:53

I+find+the+quot+I+don+t+want+to+live+on+

I think the same thing several times a day reading through the news.