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December 27, 2011

The Children Are Our Future

And that's why I've taken up biathlon;

“Increasingly, undergraduates are not prepared adequately in any academic area but often arrive with strong convictions about their abilities. So college professors routinely encounter students who have never written anything more than short answers on exams, who do not read much at all, who lack foundational skills in math and science, yet are completely convinced of their abilities and resist any criticism of their work, to the point of tears and tantrums: ‘But I earned nothing but A’s in high school,’ and ‘Your demands are unreasonable.’ Such a combination makes some students nearly unteachable.”

Posted by Kate at December 27, 2011 11:31 AM
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Ahhh our wonderful Entitlement Generation.

Years of getting medals for participation and being told they are smarter and better than they are, finally catches up to them.

Because in the end, reality always wins.

Posted by: Fred at December 27, 2011 12:31 PM

Biathlon is a great sport. Way back I was captain of my battalions team. Once skied a 20 km race on a broken ankle. Spent the rest of the season on light duties and daily physio appointments. That ankle still hurts when it gets cold and wet. I was a lot tougher, but maybe not quite as smart back then.

Posted by: minuteman at December 27, 2011 12:41 PM

Soon they will be occupying university offices demanding that grades be revised to accurately reflect their egos,likely led by a failed liberal chanting "dat's not fair".

Posted by: wallyj at December 27, 2011 12:41 PM

minuteman

Yeah we thought we were invincible..now our heads write cheques our bodies can no longer cash....

Posted by: sasquatch at December 27, 2011 12:44 PM

-‘But I earned nothing but A’s in high school,’

No, you didn't earn them, they gave them to you just for showing up/sucking up.
Unless you snag a government or union job, you aren't going to earn a paycheque that way.

Posted by: Oz at December 27, 2011 12:48 PM

'working' & 'for the government' do not belong in the same sentence, or at least that is what I have witnessed so far in my 50+ years.

Posted by: FREE at December 27, 2011 12:52 PM

In grad school the staff talked about creating a "need to learn". Which amounted to pushing everyone till the last person in the class, the smartest person, finally found it too much work or too hard.

Not until the last head went under water would they relent.

Clealry they need to do that here. The consequence of not going through that process was either you quit or asked not to come back.

The benefit. Everyone developed humilty about what they knew and became ready to learn.

This does not surprise me. They need to kick out a few kids. The workign world absolutely is not as kind.

Posted by: Stephen at December 27, 2011 1:02 PM

Sounds like most of the engineers I've met over the years.

Posted by: wafer at December 27, 2011 1:06 PM

And yet universities keep graduating them. Hmmm. Almost like there's money on the line somewhere...

Posted by: Yukon Gold at December 27, 2011 1:34 PM

"And that's why I've taken up biathlon;"

Good idea. One of our daughters was in biathlon and went to the Canada Games in PEI at some point and now her three children have taken up the great sport.

The Fins made a nation saving instrument of Biathlon in 1940. The silent warriors on skies.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at December 27, 2011 1:40 PM

The truth is sad, I was a honor roll student in highschool and also failed my first university general chemistry midterm(as well as many of my friends) It was an eye opener and most of us went out and hired a tutor, some chose to whine to the prof those that hired the tutor are doing much better now in life then those that did not

Posted by: Used to be at December 27, 2011 2:37 PM

'working' & 'for the government' do not belong in the same sentence, or at least that is what I have witnessed so far in my 50+ years.
Posted by: FREE at December 27, 2011 12:52 PM

From my 60+ years I can confirm the truth of what you say, FREE.

Which reminds me of one of Murray Rothbard's breathtaking pronouncements: government employees don't pay taxes. If you think long and hard about that one you'll see it's true. Milt Friedman did some research once on government hospital economics. He found that the greater the financial input the lower the output.

On topic wrap: governments favour mal-education just as they do mal-investment.

Posted by: Me No Dhimmi at December 27, 2011 2:56 PM

Of your kindness (and logic), remember that, by the will of the people and their elected school boards, awarding the appropriate grade to a non-performing student is, in practice, illegal.

Posted by: Mack Hall at December 27, 2011 3:48 PM

wafer


I concur with your "observation"


M N D


it don't take no "long and hard" thinking to conclude that, 20 seconds with only 2 brain cells awake is all that is neede, unless you are a gov't employee, or a union twit:-))))

Posted by: GYM at December 27, 2011 4:33 PM

@Ken (Kulak) 1:40 PM
'The Fins made a nation saving instrument of Biathlon in 1940. The silent warriors on skies.'

Nice of you to mention what is known as 'Talvisota' (Finnish: The Winter War)

In addition to the Holocaust and the Holodomor, it's one more topic that must be emphasized in history lessons.


Posted by: Rizwan at December 27, 2011 4:51 PM

Biathlon: Norwegian-origined sport: skiing and shooting: AKA "The Anti-Nazi sport"

Posted by: mojo at December 27, 2011 5:57 PM

Rizwan, yes, the Fins also made excellent use of camouflaged living quarters in the snow banks of the forests. As a kid, my cousins and I made rooms in snow banks and even heated them with small bunk sleigh wood heaters.

I recently picked up a biography on the nation builder Mannerheim, but have not yet had a chance to read it.

As to the portion that Kate quotes, it is something my sister-in-law would totally agree with. The pressure on her to pass everybody in her courses is unbelievable and these people are supposed to be ready for the work world. She says many of them are only good for government jobs.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at December 27, 2011 6:03 PM

Me No Dhimmi, this is exactly what I said in a discussion with my socialist friends at the pub last week.

They were stunned and blustery when I said you government employees like teachers don't pay income taxes. Then I went on to say your whole wage and insane benefits are an expense to the public purse and when as in Ontario you are almost 25% of the work, sorry, employment force the province will die as there is not enough of a vibrant private sector to pay that expense.

These socialists simply refuse to see the economic destruction that they bring on all of us.

Is it any wonder this is happening as the education industry follows this leftist road of praising and cocooning students from reality.

Posted by: dave at December 27, 2011 7:33 PM

I must be missing something here. I am a retired federal gov't worker (rcmp not teacher). My pay stub shows a deduction for taxes, and my net is less than my gross by that amount. Please explain what you mean, and I'll stand up so it is less likely to go over my head. mike

Posted by: mike at December 27, 2011 9:07 PM

Mike, the money you pay in taxes comes from other taxpayers. Although your work (and the work I did as a soldier) was of some real value because it helps to preserve the wealth of the nation, it doesn't create any of the wealth that is taxed to pay your salary (or pension.) So it's just a paper exercise (at the expense of taxpayers who pay for civil servants to shuffle the paper around).

If you have five dollars in your pocket, take two out and put them in another pocket. Do you then have seven dollars, or still just five? The energy you expended didn't produce anything of value, it just moved money around.

Posted by: TheTooner at December 27, 2011 9:36 PM

The students pass without knowing anything because 50% or more of the final grade is for homework, or other assignments graded on an A or F basis ( you get a 100% just for doing the hw assignment, regardless of the quality of the work). This is done because the test averages for these academic superstars is so low, and the school system must maintain throughput. Basically just another example of how lousy the public schools are in their core responsibility in producing adults capable of being productive citizens.

Posted by: small c conservative at December 27, 2011 10:31 PM

I understand the Finns were frustrated by the low number of heavy machine guns among the invading Soviets, because the Finns were always short in this particular class of arm.

I say it's high time Putin returns Karelia to Finland, or pay reparations.

Posted by: small c conservative at December 27, 2011 10:36 PM

‘But I earned nothing but A’s in high school,’ and ‘Your demands are unreasonable.’ Such a combination makes some students nearly unteachable.”


Makes some Presidents unteachable too....
My bad.

Posted by: eastern paul at December 28, 2011 12:38 AM

How does one recognize that one has "earned" something?

It's after a particilarly ardurous accomplishment, one recognizes that there once was a time, where one would have GIVEN UP!

You have to beat yourself. Period.

Posted by: eastern paul at December 28, 2011 12:43 AM

Students who "do not read much at all, who lack foundational skills in math and science, yet are completely convinced of their abilities and resist any criticism of their work" are narcissists. The phony self-esteem racket going on in the schools is to blame, and I suspect it (like many leftist ops) is deliberate. Real self-esteem comes from accomplishing and learning things, not from being protected from failure.

Posted by: nv53 at December 28, 2011 1:03 AM

I blame the lack of shop class these days. Its hard to pretend you're all that when your 90 degree angle cut comes out at 85 1/4 degrees, or when the engine you rebuilt doesn't start.

Shooting also turned out to be a wake-up call for the young Phantom in high school. Crusty old Commodore Sea Dog wasn't offering much praise for three inch groups at 25 yards, and getting out-shot by GIRLS, well...

Posted by: The Phantom at December 28, 2011 9:12 AM

I can put up with biathlon, but I draw the line at flagrant homo athlon...

Posted by: ebt at December 29, 2011 9:07 PM
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