The rantings of a teacher who retired from the classroom but not from education.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Putting A Damper On The Situation
A young man wanted to take an AP course, but due to budgetary restrictions, he could not get in. Others, with higher grades beat him out for the few seats. The child was persistent. He wanted to do the course as an independent study and take the exam with everyone else. The person in charge said "NO! You were not good enough to get in the class. What makes you think you are good enough to learn the course on your own?" The boy persisted and explained how he planned on going about learning the material. The person in charge said, "There is the door, use it!" The boy hung his head and left.
I sat listening to this in disbelief. Here is a child who wants to learn, who is motivated and ambitious and he is not only being stifled, he is being humiliated along the way. I thought we were supposed to encourage academic pursuits, not throw buckets of ice water on them. What is this world coming to.