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Do Public Schools Turn Out Stupid Students?

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by doppelganger, Feb 27, 2008.

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  1. "I was primarily educated in public schools and public schools produce stupid students."

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  2. "I was primarily educated in private schools and public schools produce stupid students."

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  3. "I was primarily educated in public schools and public schools can produce intelligent students."

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  4. "I was primarily educated in private schools and public schools can produce intelligent students."

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  1. Draka

    Draka Wonder Woman

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    I would think dopp would know what he read that inspired him to make such a thread in the first place. And if it is the post I am thinking it is referring to, then yes, it is exactly as dopp describes.
     
  2. Magic Man

    Magic Man Reaper of Conversation

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    Obviously they were about Catholicism. It was a Catholic school, after all. Wouldn't you expect to be taught about Catholicism at a Catholic school? The point is that they then also taught about other religions, and didn't just try to brainwash us.
     
  3. johnnys4life

    johnnys4life Pro-life Mommy

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    I was publicly skewled. LOL.

    I think there is a huge difference between schools. Some are good, but most of them are pretty bad. That is my experience. I am homeschooling my daughter right now. She can almost read already at 3. I know lots of people who were homeschooled and graduated high school at 15 or 16, then went wild in college. So yeah. My kids are going to private school when they get a bit older.
     
  4. Sunstone

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    I'm homeschooling my Acme Latex Love Doll due to the prejudice she encountered when I took her to college lectures.
     
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  5. johnnys4life

    johnnys4life Pro-life Mommy

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    Umm....Sunstone...that was lame!
     
  6. logician

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    I was first in my class in a high school that was the equal or better of any private school in the area. I also believe home schooling is no panacea, because the children are sheltered from social interaction that they will need when they hit the real world.
    Also, not all parents are really qualified to handle the teaching duties involved.
     
  7. Sunstone

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    I'm only in it for the Frubals!:yes:
     
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  8. blackout

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    You got it goin' on Sunstone. :cool:
     
  9. Draka

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    Tryin to break the 2 mil mark huh? So, how much further past "Frubal Whore" can you get?

    I'd like to see the next frubal title for you be "Has sold their soul for frubals" because that's what you have done eating all that devil's candy!
     
  10. Reverend Rick

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    Why do private schools have to be religious? People are asking about how successful vouchers are when we have not even gave any yet. People are talking about ignorance, everyone that starts school is ignorant, otherwise education would be unnecessary.

    I truly believe that deep down everyone thinks they attended a fine school in America.

    The only person who was critical of their school was penguino. I believe he is the only one intelligent enough to realize that he is getting the shaft on his education.

    If we started private schools that set standards higher for teachers and students and these schools could afford to run with the money they recieved from vouchers, how could that possibly be a bad thing? Students would behave and learn more and teachers would get paid well. Thats a win-win in my book.

    The private sector can always do a better job with less money than the government ever could. School administrators get all the extra money. The parents should be the administrators and empower the principle to hire and fire as he See's fit. If he abuses his power, the parents will give the principle the boot.

    If children want to pray, they should be able to just as if students do not want to participate in this, they should not have to sweat it. If religion is to be taught in school, all religions should be represented including Atheism.
     
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    All this is simply untrue or illegal. Private schools only APPEAR to do better because they get to pick and choose who their students are by and large. Public schools have to take everyone (including special ed kids, my wife teaches special ed). It takes an incredible amount of time and money just to teach a class of special ed kids - private schools simply cannot supply this service. AS far as teaching religion in public schools, no way, leave that to churches, private schools, and parents at home.
     
  12. yossarian22

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    Totally disagree. Most of the people I know who went to private schools lack the intelligence of the average squid. But that is just anecdotal...
     
  13. Smoke

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    I just want to know which nine people voted that they were stupid. ;)
     
  14. Ratiocinative

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    I would say that many public schools are lacking, I know my High School didn't have any type of programming or computer classes other than very basic stuff like typing and Microsoft Word. Would have given me a head start for college if they had. However, the main factor is one's education is effort. I had many classes where kids defiantly protested any attempt by the teacher to make them do work, so I wouldn't be surprised if they're flipping hamburgers now. Private school students may have a slight advantage over public school students, but if you make the effort you'll do fine regardless of where you goto school.
     
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    I think we should remember that geography likely plays a role in all this as does our definition of "ignorance/stupidity."
     
  16. wednesday

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    Different areas have different students in my opinion. I went to a good high school, there were idiots who thought they were Gods gift to the world but no school can straighten those kids out. Private schools are for kids who want a "better"education. Sure it looks good on your resume but common sense is always lacking. In my university degree the private school students are sweating because the physics is so hands on and problems are taught, not given if you get what i mean. I do agree however, that the dropkicks are mainly found in public schools because any parent with common sense would stop persisting with a lost cause lol.
     
  17. 9-10ths_Penguin

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    When I was in elementary school, I started out in one public school, switched to a private school for a year, then we moved and I went to a new public school. Here are my general impressions as a student:

    - the private school had smaller class sizes, but much less in the way of facilities. There was no gym, so we got bussed to the local YMCA once a week.
    - later on, my high school was fairly large (~2000 students). I got the most value out of courses and extra-curricular activities that would not have been available to me at anything but the largest private schools: tech (our school was crazy for some really advanced technology courses - Fluid Power and Control was a senior elective!), drama, film arts, etc.

    Some students do well in a traditional classroom "book-learning" setting. Others, like me, tend to do better with physical, practical, and non-traditional things (or maybe we just get interested by shiny toys); these sorts of things need a certain scale to work properly: a quarter of a gym is just a classroom with hardwood floors, not an actual gym, and if you have enough money for half of a metal lathe or a drill press, then your machine shop won't have any equipment.

    With free competition, we'd see a decrease in size of schools (since there would be more of them, all competing with each other for tuition money). Some students would suffer from this.

    You're putting the cart before the horse. Why do you automatically assume that the private schools would set standards higher? Most of the exodus to private education under a voucher system would probably be students whose parents consider the school's religious affiliation more important than its quality, IMO.

    So then why have the government involved at all? Scrap the idea of vouchers, get the government out of education, and let each parent pay for their kid's schooling directly.

    The free market's best, right?

    Did they?

    Options 1 & 3 (and options 2 & 4) are not mutually exclusive, IMO.
     
  18. Izdaari

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    I went to public schools, and I can't really say very much good about them until I got to high school. I was very disappointed in 1st grade, when they insisted on trying to teach me to read even though I was already reading, and far, far ahead of my grade level. They had no plan at all for students like me who had already been taught to read by our parents. Somehow I muddled though, mostly undamaged by the experience, except for a lasting deficiency in math, which they didn't teach competently either. But as it turns out, my high school was truly outstanding, and I only half realized it at the time. I regret that I didn't take better advantage of it. I did to some extent, but not nearly as much as I could/should have.
     
  19. Izdaari

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    Ideally, that would be my preference. I'm not sure how we get there from here. I think it would have to go hand in hand with a total libertarian reform of government, a radical downsizing of it.
     
  20. Father Heathen

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    I went to a public school in a small rural community, and looking back the education could've been a lot better. They just half-assedly ushered everyone through.
     
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