Originally Posted by charlituna
Originally Posted by Cash907
Huge surprise. Funny how generations past, including my own, were able to do just fine with regular textbooks, yet kids today needs hundreds of dollars worth of toys just to get a D. Before anyone jumps on me for this, do you have any evidence that use of tablets and such leads to better grades? No, you don't, because the only such studies that exist focus on autistic children, or those with similar neurological disabilities. That's not saying much either, as alternative forms of education have always given greater results in such cases.
Take away the toys, give them back their textbooks, and get back to education. Stop spending money the district, the city, and the state doesn't have.
Text books that were often 10 years behind date and in a shambles because each copy was used for as long as 5 years so the schools could 'get their money's worth', even if it means that a kid is walking around with a book that is in trash condition, full of lewd doodles, missing pages etc.
Make people pay for any textbook that's not returned in pristine condition. Guess how quickly that situation will improve, it's the government, they can put a lien on parents' property and wages if need be.
And then there is the fact that kids just aren't excited about coming to school and learning. Desire is something that has a huge effect on the effectiveness of any method and kids today are bored with sitting in a classroom and being lectured at. Even if you make them empty pockets etc to take away cell phones and such you can't make them want to listen if they don't want to. If something like an iPad makes them want to learn that is a huge hurdle overcome. And a good teacher will make it an effective tool just like they did when printed textbooks and looseleaf paper replaced oral learning and the slate
Excited? Is this Disneyworld? Whatever happened to duty? Back in the day if students didn't pay attention they got a beating from the teacher, and they shut up about it, because if the dad heard about it, he was sure to give them a second beating for giving the family a bad name. Pain is nature's way of teaching: make a mistake, if it doesn't kill you, it will hurt, you will not make that mistake again.
These days, people think it's good to idiot proof everything, and try to lure skateboard rats into the classroom with some sort of promise of watered-down edutainment. Attendance and learning should be non-negotiable. As far as I'm concerned, unless someone has a serious disability, they can repeat first grade until they are 40, but they are not leaving school until they have a GED.
The whole idea of walking through the world, now knowing why and how things are the way they are is revolting to me. I can't understand why anyone needs to be "motivated" to learn, but I guess in a society in which people look down on nerds, egg-heads, propeller-heads and teach "intelligent design" instead of evolution and science, it's no wonder that kids don't know what their purpose is inside a class room.