I know I have asked this question at least 100 times before, but I can't stop myself from asking it again:
"WHY ARE WE FORCING EDUCATION ON STUDENTS THAT HAVE NO INTEREST IN LEARNING THE TOPICS WE ARE TEACHING? WHY ARE WE TAKING KIDS WITH FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE READING AND MATH LEVELS (IF THEY ARE THAT HIGH) AND FORCING THEM TO LEARN BIOLOGY, TAKE ALGEBRA, ETC, ETC, ETC?"
We can assume that all children can learn and, if taught properly will learn. Although, I do remember, from high school, that when you ASSUME you are making an ASS out of U and Me. Anyways, assuming everyone can learn, how can we expect any high school teacher, with a class of 34 students, many with learning disabilities, to be able to correct 10 years of educational neglect? How can we assume that the education courses the teacher has taken have prepared her to overcome these difficulties and succeed where others have failed?
The truth is that not all kids are academically inclined. That does not mean that they are not intelligent or gifted in many ways. Yet, society only seems to value book learning. I'm looking forward to the day when vocational skills are valued over academics.