June 8, 2010 9:40am CST
People have often complained that the next generation of students in the United States is severly lacking. Why do you think this is? Is it because of the tendency to want to "do well" but not learn? Cheating in class? Substandard educational methods? Did you face pressure to perform academically even if learning the material was deemphasized? It seems that students who have a tendency to cheat their way through their education will lose a love of learning and will ultimately be non-productive, but then others say that those students, despite their tendency to cheat, will find a way to be good citizens. What is the culture of cheating in your country? And what about students who have private tutors and have their learning in the home. Do they have an honest educational experience?
• United States
9 Jun 10
Whenever the students are in a position to have their careers, they will struggle because they haven't learned the materials necessary to perform at a great level in their careers. It's a problem of wanting things to be easy rather than trying to effectively grasp the material.
8 Jun 10
I think it is a whole bunch of things, including the things you mentioned: 1. The food nowadays- it is severely lacking in nutrients, which includes many harmful chemicals. This dumbs people down and makes them slower and lazier. 2. Sodium Fluoride in the water- Pretty much any source of freshwater in many industrialized areas is full of this toxic waste. They say it is good for your teeth, but it is not, they are lying to us all. It is really meant to make us more docile and stupid. 3. The Education system- They basically teach you less over a larger period of time now. The education system is just terrible. We don't have any time to learn the material anymore because our "learning" is interrupted by tests, quizzes, assignments homework, and the constant worrying of failing/passing. And people cheat as a result of all of this, because they don't learn the concepts.
• United States
9 Jun 10
It is interesting to think that deficient nutrients is also what can contribute to students not performing as well as they could. This will lead some to want to decide to find advantageous ways to do well in academics, but they may not care about ethics and therefore will cheat. We have heard that the United States has many bad schools, a combination of crime and people deemphasizing learning. A lot of schools seem to not care about the individual humanity of students.